A coming of age film, which reminded me a little of Lindsay Anderson's "If". However, whereas "If" was stark and powerful, this was sentimental, with acting which didn't seem to know where it was going. The strongest performance was by Emile Hirsch, but he could have used some of the restraint he showed in The Mudge Boy to achieve much more impact. His performance was a little over the top and teary. The way the film interwove the naturalistic with the fantasy (anime) elements was good, but perhaps a bit cliched as well. I also liked the way William Blake's poetry and philosophy of sexual liberation was brought into it to contrast with the repressive Catholic upbringing of the boys, but it could have developed that more I feel. It was a film which was obviously aimed for a teenage audience and because of that certain opportunities to make a stronger statement were missed.