I saw this movie tonight and it was good, although I could have done without it ending with a freaking Ayn Rand quote. Still, it was funny and sweet. I still like teen movies as much as I did when I was a teenager, and the actors (mostly gathered from a craigslist posting, apparently) were all charming and believable.
Earlier in the evening, I saw Source Code, which is a lot better than it’s trailer. The director is Duncan Jones, who also did Moon… I guess the man has a real boner for stories where good men are exploited by science-fiction technology for the sake of mankind. Jake Gyllenhaal was there and everyone was pretty excited about that — during the q&a, he came across as awkward and dorky and unaware of his own charisma as Donnie Darko himself.
Then I got on the bus and this happened:
Bus driver to the hipster kid across from me: So, calling it a night early? [note: it was almost 1am]
Kid: Yeah, gotta be back here in the morning.
Bus driver: What are you going to be doing downtown in the morning?! Working??
Kid: No, I’ll be at the conference.
Bus driver: What conference?
Kid: Um. SXSW?
Bus driver: What’s that?
Kid: Um, it’s like a music and film festival… there are panels… uh, that’s why there’s so many people downtown?
Bus driver: No man, that’s just ‘cause it’s Friday night.
To be fair, the man has a point.