Keith (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Image Entertainment || PG13 - 93 minutes - $27.98 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Morgan Wilson || Posted On: 2009-02-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Todd Kessler
Writer(s): Ron Carlson (short story); David Zabel and Todd Kessler (screenplay)
Cast: Jesse McCartney, Elisabeth Harnois


Theatrical Release Date: September 13, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Natalie is a smart, popular girl who thinks she's got her whole life figured out. Not that long into the film, she meets a mysterious boy named Keith. Keith's her new lab partner, and he has a strange way of doing things. He doesn't care what people think (or so she thinks).

I'm amazed at what I just watched. I was expecting some bratty, whiny teen drama attempt. But what we've got here is an amazingly mature teen drama that gets everything right.

I went through the entire range of emotions that a human can possibly feel, and it showed. Keith made me appreciate life a little more, and I'm sure that everybody -young and old- can learn a valuable lesson from the film, don't jump to conclusions. Keith surprised me, and it made me think of how we all brush that lesson aside in our everyday life.

For a director with only two TV movies and an episode of “Blue's Clues” under his belt, Todd Kessler does a wonderful job. He really knows how to get great performances from his actors, and uses some wonderful camerawork to get Keith to the level of quality that it is. Todd Kessler is going places; I'll say that right now.

Jesse McCartney pulls off the dramatic performance needed for Keith, and Elisabeth Harnois' performance is on par with or better than Jesse McCartney's. For 21 and 29 year olds, they're both believable as teenagers.

Probably the strongest part of the film was the script. It's a great story, with haunting plot twists and dialogue. Keith is probably the least light and fluffy teen drama I've ever seen, and it pays off. I loved Keith, and would recommend it to anyone. It's a great film that proves there's still hope for teen movies.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Sadly, the DVD is barebones. Only the theatrical trailer is included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Keith doesn't look that bad on DVD. However, I noticed some very slight color banding, and even some slight compression artifacts (most noticeable in the opening scene), which is beyond me, especially considering the DVD's barebones.

The film doesn't really make use of the rear surrounds, which doesn't bother me as its pretty much par for the course for dialogue-driven independent films.



.::OVERALL::.

I can't recommend Keith highly enough. It's an amazing film, but the DVD is barebones and the video and audio are a little bit lackluster. The film's a definite watch, but the DVD's only a rental.