Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Billy the Kid

From Netflix: Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti documents the engrossing life of Billy P., a teen in small-town Maine enamored with girls and pro wrestling. But as the cameras roll, a more complex portrait emerges of a troubled but ultimately triumphant young man. From finding the courage to ask a girl on a date to confronting his painful childhood with remarkable humor, Billy is a testament to the power of love and family to overcome any obstacle. 2007 84 minutes

From Depending on how excruciating your teenage years were, the documentary Billy the Kid will have a different effect on you. Certainly if you have or know someone who has Asperger's syndrome, it'll make you squirm a bit. But it's also about being an outsider in a small town. About wanting to share interests. About negotiating the changes life throws at you. About falling in love for the first time and emotional insecurity. Except for Billy's unembarrassed trials at putting words to his feelings in public -- really, what being a teenager teaches boys *not* to do -- it's not that unusual a story. That lack of censorship can be hilarious, inspiring, or wildly inappropriate.

Available on NetFlix

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