Last week I saw a movie that I’ve been meaning to see for quite some time. I saw Art School Confidential.

Wow, this movie pretty much summed up a lot of what my life was like for the few years I was at art school. I laughed. I laughed a lot.

I remember hearing a lot of good things about the movie when it was first released. After watching it I looked online to read up on any interesting background information that I might be able to find, as I often to. I was quite surprised to see that many critics did not like this movie. Many complaints I read were about how the characters are cliched stereotypes, the story was tacked on, and that there was too much disappointment. Well, clearly these people have never been to art school, because all of those things are exactly what it’s like. Art school and its surrounding culture is full of freaks, weirdos, unlikable pretentious know-it-alls, disappointment, and all the cliches present in this film.

I bought it on DVD for $5. A well placed investment considering the entertainment value. I guess since my own viewpoint is skewed having attended art school once upon a time, perhaps I am not the best judge. But I think it is more likely that the people who didn’t like this movie are just like the pretentious know-it-alls I just spoke about.

Anyway, I liked the movie but it reminded me of why I don’t want to go back to art school. So I’m not. Well, that’s not entirely true. I made that decision already based on something else. I’ll talk about that later.



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