Class Rank (2017)

This is a sweet little movie, a nice high school romance. Because it deals with a high schooler and elections, it begs comparison to ‘Election’, but unlike that movie, this one is neither cynical nor condescending to its characters. Because it’s a high school romance, some compare it to the movies of John Hughes, but this one is not as artificial and self-important as those movies.

The acting is solid. The lead boy takes a little getting used to, with an awkward physicality and somewhat stilted speech; but it fits the character and grows on you. The girl is quite good, and looks like a young Diane Lane. There are supporting performances from veterans like Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenowith. There is even a cameo by the director, Eric Stoltz, who started off in teen romances himself once upon a time.

The movie is getting virtually no release here in the heartland. It deserves better, but even if you don’t get a chance to see it in a theater, catch it on DVD.

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