American Milkshake

American Milkshake ★★★

Like NAPOLEON DYNAMITE in a bad way or THE LIE in a good way; JUNO in a bad way or GHOST WORLD in a good way. Often frustratingly vague, because it's not steady in tone, but with a few promising touches of real romantic confusion, real high school stupids, real uncertain identities. I don't know really what to make of AMERICAN MILKSHAKE -- naturally, no one seems to know what to make of it, that tipsy, nostalgic, Kevin Smith-produced dramatic comedy, slicing somebody's life, a little, maybe, I don't know -- but it's really trying.