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Four Letter Words

by Tim Welch The Dog Pile Posted October 29, 2001 Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Four Letter Words the first feature outing by writer/director Sean Baker, is the story of a party gone lame. No one likes lame parties. But this one might be a little different. It is a little more than a party in this film. It is about ourselves, the people we knew, and how we all change. Or for that matter, how we don't change. It is specifically about those people we knew in high school. It also proves Wolf's point that we really can't go home again.

The party is thrown by Art (Fred Berman) in order to gather his old friends from school and to catch up on the new and delve into the old. It is only two years after graduation but it seems that everyone has lost touch. Some have moved across country, some have disappeared, and some were never really in the mix in the first place.

Not many show and most leave too early for Art's liking. The hodge-podge group that stays collide, revealing how they have pretty much stayed the same, but moved enough apart to start to see each other for who they were and are. Over the course of the night ex-girlfriend obsessing and egos get the best of them.

Alex (Vincent Radwinsky) confronts the no-show kids from high school on why they remain outcast, mainly due to their techie obsessions and D&D lifestyles. Nick (Paul Weissman) reveals his trying to bust out of the girl-shy mode of high school and finally break loose. Jay (Matthew Dawson) shows his "maturity" as really just an excuse for being a prick.
Art suffers from ridicule about his attempt at growing up by growing an uncomfortable looking beard.
Others just have stayed the same, lived in the same town, and by not changing they highlight the insecurities and reasons for the change in others.

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