At the season’s start, Gary (Josh Brand) has just been released from another jail stint for petty offenses. He quickly falls back into business-as-usual hanging out with hometown Watsonville pals Dave (Nicholas Constant), who has a dull day job at a comic-book store, and Mark (co-helmer Idemoto), who at least has university entrance to look forward to come September.
Gary’s parental home life is apparently on the unpleasant, white-trash side, so he mostly sleeps in Dave’s vintage car and eggs them all on toward renewed “shopping” expeditions (i.e., breaking into parked cars and empty houses).
Much beer is drunk, junk food eaten and girls discussed (but never seduced). Dave alone seems to perceive something wrong here — though his hinted-at alcohol problem suggests he might also have the hardest time finding a real adult-world berth. Drifting into a backyard party, the trio just socialize amongst themselves, then stupidly get into a fistfight with the host. At the end, Gary has blundered back into the hoosegow; an epilogue offers some hope that this forced end to mutual layabout dependency has given each protag some much-needed motivation.
Script may well be improvised; in any case, there’s very little urgency to anything here. While the resistance to stock boys-in-the-hood melodrama is admirable, and some moments sport mild insight, result is a film whose nearly
every scene feels expendable. Lead actors deliver credible, naturalistic turns, though their characters are simply established rather than developed. Supporting
players make only fleeting appearances.
Straightforward tech package is OK within quasi-verite bounds; best element is Ken Kawamura’s cool jazz-combo score, though recording quality for both music and dialogue varies.