For these kids, spelling is a sport as demanding as anything physical. But a sinister oddness permeates the film. Little touches – serif fonts last fashionable in the ’70s, washed out colours that made a California beach house cold and depressing – conspire against the subjects keep them in their weird nerd pigeonhole.
A fun 7.5 out of ten.
(originally posted to Vague Film Club website 30/10/2003)