“He asked for my lunch money first. Good thing I brown-bagged it.”

Spittin’ words like a ’40s detective, Joseph Gordon Leavitt’s average suburban teenager goes looking for a killer and finds a world of danger and betrayal in this superb crime thriller.

The first film directed by Rian Johnson, of Knives Out fame, this remains one of the more-unique films of the early 2000’s.

It helps if you’re a film noir fan from way back, since this is basically Bogie and Bacall in high school.

But it can be appreciated by anyone with an open mind (and a fast ear).


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