November Criminals (NC16)
Starring Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz
Directed by Sacha Gervasi
Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz are appealing in an unappealing movie. They play teen lovers investigating a classmate’s murder. The authorities say it’s drug-related, but the couple think there’s a larger conspiracy at work.
It starts out as a Veronica Mars-wannabe but gets bogged down by boring subplots involving the hero’s college application and his GF’s disapproving mum. There are just way too many plates being spun in 85 minutes.
So what you have instead is a toothless movie that feels like it’s either missing half an hour or it’s a condensed version of a 10-part Netflix drama. In other words: Don’t bother with it. (**)