The Preppie Connection


Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 5:45 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Fri, Oct 16, 2015 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:110 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Joseph Castelo
Producer:Adam Folk
Travis Burgess
Eric Shultz
Screenwriter:Joseph Castelo
Ashley Rudden
Cinematographer:Brett Jutkiewicz
Editor:Giacomo Ambrosini
Cast:Thomas Mann
Lucy Fry
Sam Page
Logan Huffman
Print Source:Coalition Films
Note Writer:Mike Keegan


Tobias (up-and-coming young star Thomas Mann, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is out of his league. Pressured by his mom to attend an elite private school, on campus he finds himself far outclassed and outnumbered by the scions of the rich and successful. But thanks to his geeky new friendan ambassador’s sonand an unstoppable drive to impress a sexy classmate, he hatches a brilliant plan to burrow his way into the hearts and wallets of his over-privileged new friends. Based on a true story, Joseph Castelo’s fast-paced and funny film is a great addition to several subgenres, with echoes of the zippy campus hijinks of Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction, and the drug-dealing derring-do of Ted Demme’s Blow, plus several stops in between. Aided by a propulsive soundtrack and an able, fresh-faced cast, The Preppie Connection is positively and preposterously delightful.

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Joseph Castelo is the founder of Coalition Films. He co-wrote and directed The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor) and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture. Castelo has an MFA in film from Columbia University. While in film school, he wrote and directed American Saint, starring Kevin Corrigan and Vincent Schiavelli, which won awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2001 Hamptons International Film Festival. The Preppie Connection is his third feature film.