The Preppie Connection :- Watch The Preppie Connection on YoutubeonFire, A dramatized real-life scandal of 1980s prep-school drug dealing plays like a tepid compilation of fictive cliches in “The Preppie Connection.” Joseph Castelo’s third feature stars Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) as a working-class scholarship student whose attempts to fit in with the brahmin youth at an elite preparatory institution somehow lead to cocaine-running directly from the slums of Bogota, Colombia. Unconvincingly presented in a way that belies the factual basis of a case that won national notoriety at the time, the film will make serviceable small-screen fodder, but lacks the deeper insight or distinguishing directorial style that might have tempted arthouse distributors. Hitting predictable notes head-on from the moment it begins with a framing-device crisis and the protagonist’s voiceover narration, the story starts in earnest in September 1984. New Haven townie teen Toby Hammel (Mann) bows to the will of his ambitious mother (Amy Hargreaves) and begins attending tony Sage Hall, where her classmates are overwhelmingly Richie Riches flown in from gated communities elsewhere. As a lowly “day student,” he’s quickly subjected to none-too-good-natured hazing, with only Colombian ambassador’s son Fidel (Guillermo Arribas) a nerdy enough fellow outsider to befriend him. Much as he resents their snobbery, however, Toby can’t help being attracted by the social magnetism of the school’s leading “preppies,” particularly brash ringleader Ellis (Logan Huffman) and his beautiful g.f. Alex (Lucy Fry), representing the moneyed elite of Manhattan and North Carolina, respectively. To impress them, he manages to score some pot, then cocaine.
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Release: 18 March 2016 (USA)
IMDB Rating : 6.5/10
Director: Joseph Castelo
Stars : Lucy Fry, Thomas Mann, Sam Page