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Stevo (Matthew Lillard) invites us to share the enthusiasm as well as the frustration of his formative years, when he considered himself one of only three true anarchists in the Salt Lake City area. From a vantage point that may not be too distant from that time in the 1980s, he discourses on his past experiences even as they play out in this serious comedy, written and directed by James Merendino. As Stevo tries to explain himself to his parents, evade boredom with social and antisocial activities, and figure out how not to be a hypocrite, freezes interrupt the action to permit him to comment on it by directly addressing the camera--part of a hearty style of self-referential filmmaking that only adds to the persuasivenenss of Lillard's stunning performance. 600 N. Michigan. --Lisa Alspector

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