Bang Bang Youre Dead
Trevor Adams is a bright, articulate high school student who is perceived as an outsider by almost everyone, including most of his fellow students and the adults in his life. The fact that he made a bomb threat against the school football team the previous year further alienates him as a student “at risk” for further violence.
Val Duncan, the drama teacher, recognizes Trevor’s potential for creativity as well as violence. He offers him the lead role in a controversial new play, “Bang Bang You’re Dead,” the story of a teenager who loses his way in life and resorts to murder. Reluctant to expose himself to more mockery, Trevor is about to decline until Jenny, an attractive new girl in school, agrees to play the female lead.
When parents learn of Val’s plan to stage the play, which they wrongly misinterpret it as glorifying violence, and with Trevor in the lead role, Val is forced to move the school production off school grounds.
In the meantime, Val assigns his students to each make a video about the real-life drama in their own lives. Trevor completes the assignment, which results in a dark and disturbing film filled with images of real guns being fired by masked actors and the implied shooting of a member of the football team.
This is a remarkably powerful, moving, and thought-provoking film. The Showtime network provides detailed, content-based advisories that allow viewers to make informed decisions about watching movies. The TV rating for this film is TV-PG, with advisories for mild violence and adult language, as well as a special advisory of strong themes.
Considering the many recent incidents of violence in our schools, this is a very timely story. More than 100,000 copies of the play have been downloaded and produced in schools, churches and community centers, the content obviously being recognized as worthy of being shown to many people, especially students and parents.
Some people might not appreciate the content of this film, and object to the violence, but it’s message is very important to everyone, and the film deserves to be shown.