Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

The cast is encouraged to overact and the script doesn’t try for much subtlety either, but at least there’s a certain amount of sincerity here. In the title Texas backwater, four graduating seniors out of a class of five (the other’s a girl) have vowed to move to Los Angeles together and seek their fortunes, but as the time to leave approaches they all encounter either doubts or interference. Writer-director Tim McCanlies only occasionally makes up in earnestness for what he lacks in originality, but the cast of unknownsincluding Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Ethan Embry, and Eddie Mills as the four boyssometimes gives it the welcome flavor of a small-town theater production. (JR)

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