The Wood (1999)

RICK FAMUYIWA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1999.  Bona Fide Productions, MTV Films.  Story by Rick Famuyiwa, , Screenplay by Rick Famuyiwa.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Three friends (, , ) reminisce about the good old high school days on the morning of Diggs’ marriage. It appears his cold feet have kept him from arriving at the wedding on time, since the groom hasn’t been seen for hours.  Told mostly in flashback, the film is marred by lazy editing that makes it feel like it’s rambling on forever, but it has such a good feeling combined with some very funny moments that detail the painful awkwardness of adolescence that this drawback is almost forgivable. The three younger actors playing the teenage versions of the leads are particularly excellent, funny and goofy but with some real heart going on beneath their carefree performances. Featuring a great soundtrack detailing some of the best hits of the lates eighties, this one’s no keeper but you won’t kick yourself for renting it either.

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