‘The Outcasts': Film Review

Misfit high schoolers rope together in Peter Hutchings’ teen comedy.

Two high-school girls get a firsthand doctrine in a downsides of series in The Outcasts, Peter Hutchings’ eager prophesy of a modest inheriting a Earth, or during slightest a campus of a high school. Eden Sher and Victoria Justice make sensitive protagonists for a story that owes scarcely all to a million high propagandize comedies before it; their likability is doubtful to lift a pic far, even in a digital arena.

Sher and Justice play science-geek Mindy and would-be songwriter Jodi, both struggling underneath a Queen Bee prevalence of blonde meanie Whitney (Claudia Lee). After an try to reason with their persecutor goes badly in degrading fashion, they confirm to tarry bullying by “beating those fascists during their possess game.”

They enroll leaders of several misfit factions (the cloak-wearing Tolkien freak, a Steve Jobs-worshiping Asian-American) to form an fondness of cliques, and for a brief moment, they suffer a nerd utopia: Their freak-flag weekend party, with bouncy-house Twister and cosplay, looks vastly some-more fun than a growth keggers of yesteryear.

But afterwards a emotional for ransom turns to a lust for revenge, and new compulsory impulses emerge. Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel’s screenplay has no seductiveness in a history/politics-based comedic possibilities here (if it’s not associated to a Periodic Table, they’re not meddlesome in allusions to tangible schoolwork), and in a deficiency of pointy writing, all a film unequivocally has to go on is the seductiveness in the heroes — who, happily, are a hold reduction general than their surroundings.

 

Production company: BCDF Pictures

Distributor: Swen Group

Cast: Eden Sher, Victoria Justice, Claudia Lee, Frank Whaley, Avan Jogia, Peyton List, Jazmyn Richardson, Ashley Rickards, Katie Chang, Ted McGinley

Director: Peter Hutchings

Screenwriters: Dominique Ferrari, Suzanne Wrubel

Producers: Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, Brian Keady

Executive producers: Victoria Bousis, Glenn W. Garland, Christian Mercuri, Lauren Munsch, Russ Rossi

Director of photography: John Thomas

Production designer: Dan Leigh

Costume designer: Anney Perrine

Editor: Jeffrey Wolf

Composer: Spencer David Hutchings

Casting directors: Henry Russell Bergstein, Allison Estrin

 

PG-13, 94 minutes

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