Picture Day
Canada (CA), 2012, 93 minutes, SD
Picture Day Synopsis

Kate Melville makes her feature film directorial debut with the brutally comic coming-of-age film, Picture Day.


Forced to repeat her senior year of high school, Claire’s (Maslany) reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. Armed with an acid tongue and shielded by ever-present headphones, Claire locks onto the only student clueless to her sordid rep: Henry (Van Wyck), a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. At night, Claire escapes to raucous concerts where she catches the eye of 33-year–old Jim (McCarthy, frontman of The ElastoCitizens), a would–be rock star who feeds on young fans’ adoration. Jim leads her into an intoxicating world of hard-partying musicians, while at school, Claire takes Henry under her wing. She reinvents her dorky friend as the mysterious rebel, throwing Henry’s life into hilarious turmoil. As Claire dances across the surface of these relationships, she eventually learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This made me reminisce my highschool picture day!  This fun coming of age film hits some right chords with how youth is depicted, in all their restlessness and unconventional ways.... more
This made me reminisce my highschool picture day!  This fun coming of age film hits some right chords with how youth is depicted, in all their restlessness and unconventional ways. I was kinda amused with how Henry is doted upon by his parents especially the mother,  and nonetheless,  their characters were weirdly funny. And boy, did i yell "whoa" with the fact Henry's growing pot right in his home, quite queer! No doubt about Maslany as Claire, she was amazing  in her portrayal of the character. In fact, her performance gained recognition from award giving bodies like Hamptons International Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival, to name a few. This first feature by Melville sure deserves attention plus, it features  the music of The Elastocitizens. I'd recommend this for teeners/ young adults to watch.
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Reviewed by jeteli
The title gives hints of  that exciting time in a youth's high school life, posing for their yearbook. The film celebrates youth and everything that comes with it; experimentation, rebellion,... more
The title gives hints of  that exciting time in a youth's high school life, posing for their yearbook. The film celebrates youth and everything that comes with it; experimentation, rebellion, confused emotions, among others. The lead characters delivered commendable portrayals with special shout out to Tatiana Maslany as Claire  for effortlessly portraying a character who's quite complex and just between that stage of youth and early adulthood. She's a force to reckon in this flick. Worth checking out!  
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Reviewed by AndersJames12
A beautiful and insightful coming-of-age drama from first time director Kate Melville that both acknowledges the tropes of the teen drama but is not bound by them. Tatiana Maslany is... more
A beautiful and insightful coming-of-age drama from first time director Kate Melville that both acknowledges the tropes of the teen drama but is not bound by them. Tatiana Maslany is revelatory as Claire, a rebellious teen forced to retake her final year of High School; for an actress almost ten years removed from 18, she plays the role with conviction and believability. Although the script at times ventures to some unusual and unwelcome places, ultimately the unpredictability of Picture Day is one of its strengths. An intelligent and sharp witted teen film propelled by an excellent script and brilliant performances.
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Tatiana Maslany, for the most part, I think is the greatest asset in this film. She's quirky, with that obvious angst and rebellious side, expressive and a portrait of  the... more
Tatiana Maslany, for the most part, I think is the greatest asset in this film. She's quirky, with that obvious angst and rebellious side, expressive and a portrait of  the not so usual youth  with that "lost sense of attitude". The music all throughout the film seems to blend well with the over-all mood.  Worth checking out!
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