[Dropcap]E[/dropcap]mo. Perhaps one of the most cringe-worthy phases of the early 2000s.
And yet, Lars the Emo kid is a must see for anyone who grew up in the 90s – early 2000s especially for anyone who remembers Emo culture (both the good and the bad).
Written by Paxton Gilmore and directed by Joe Grisaffi, Lars the Emo Kid dives head first into the counter-culture, dealing with death, bullying, depression and divorce through the eyes of socially awkward Lars.
Based on a series of parody videos by Paxton (garnering 2 million views on youtube in total) Lars the Emo Kid is a dark comedy that explores teenage angst in an all-American town.
For those who can’t forget the glory days of black-eyeliner and Pete Wentz’s poetry, watching this film will change your life in one of two ways.
If you were outside the emo scene growing up, this film will give you new insights into the minds of those goth-looking make-up wearing freaks wandering your high-school.
It’ll help you understand what was going on behind the mascara. It will show you that being emo was not just a trend, but a way to cope with upsetting life circumstances. That wearing weakness on your sleeve can often make you brave.
If you were inside the emo scene, it’ll be more than just a nostalgia trip. The film may very-well challenge you to think in new ways about your depression and anxiety (past or present) by presenting relatable, honest characters in a funny yet heart-felt way.
And that’s what’s really special about Lars the Emo kid.
It’s a humane film.
It delves into some of the darkest corners of teenage angst and yet in the end it still offers hope and humor.
It’s scenes drip with honesty, seemingly ripped page for page from someone’s life experiences.
The films genius comes from its characters. Paxton and Joe have developed people who offer deep, rich complexity to the astute viewer. As the clip above shows, their struggles and goals are often mis-aligned with their words and actions, creating fun moments of comedy and thought provoking moments of drama.
Watch this film to live out your struggles vicariously, to spend two hours in someone else’s shoes, to walk away with a sense of security in the goodness of humanity and the joy of living despite the tragedy of life.
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