Back in the director’s chair for only the second time, the filmmaker, like his main character, is a little unsteady on his feet. But thanks to his stars, the film — like the book — is a smartly observed study of a troubled teen’s first year in high school. For this 80’s geek, it’s almost a modernization of the John Hughes breakfast club. Bringing to the silver screen the iconic High school figures, the Jock, the Princess, the outcast, the thug and the nerd, but all with a modern twist. The jock is gay, the princess is a reformed party girl, the outcast is a gay, the thug is a girl looking for a good guy and the nerd is recovering from his best friends suicide, but that does not even come close to doing the characters justice. They are well thought out and beautifully played. If only real life could be solved and our inner issues dealt with in the neat and tidy 90 minutes of a movie. If you have a chance, this is definitely worth the time and money, just make sure you have a box of Kleenex on hand.