The Dirties puts gripping twist on school shooting plot


You can either listen to Jian's chat with Matt Johnson by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch it in the window below.

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Think you could never share a laugh with with teens plotting a school shooting? Empathize with their vendetta against "the bad guys" who hurt and humiliate them? The Dirties might just get you there.

Matt Johnson, the Canadian director and star of the controversial new film, paints a portrait of troubled teens that is startlingly human. His film, which has earned rave reviews from major media outlets, follows two high school students filming a violent revenge-fantasy movie that starts to sound like a feasible plan.

Johnson speaks to Jian on how many hurdles he had to clear to make the movie, what he thinks other school shooting films have left out, and why pop culture may stoke the violent tendencies of troubled teens.

View the official trailer for the film below. Is this vantage point on a familiar story one you'd like to see?

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