The Outcasts (2017 film)

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The Outcasts
The Outcasts (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Hutchings
Produced by Brice Dal Farra
Claude Dal Farra
Brian Keady
Written by Dominique Ferrari
Suzanne Wrubel
Starring
Cinematography John Thomas
Edited by Jeffrey Wolf
Production
company
  • Vision Films
  • Strategic Motion Ventures
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $24,197[1][2]

The Outcasts is a 2017 American teen comedy film directed by Peter Hutchings. The film features an ensemble cast, featuring Eden Sher, Victoria Justice, Ashley Rickards, Claudia Lee and Katie Chang. The plot follows a group of misfit teenagers who band together to overthrow the popular clique at their high school. Originally titled The Outskirts, filming took place between July and August 2014.

The film was released in limited theaters and through video-on-demand on April 14, 2017, by Swen Releasing.

Plot[edit]

Best friends Mindy (Eden Sher) and Jodi (Victoria Justice) have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school's mean girls Whitney and Mackenzie (Claudia Lee, Peyton List). They plan to ride out their senior year under the radar, but when they become the victim of a humiliating prank, the two hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school and start a social revolution. They join forces with Dave (Avan Jogia), an affable slacker, Claire (Katie Chang), a girl scout with a secret, and Virginia (Ashley Rickards), an overachiever with dirt on everyone.

Cast[edit]

  • Eden Sher as Mindy Lipschitz, a science nerd who is the brains of the revenge operation.
  • Victoria Justice as Jodi Schellenberger, a music nerd who is Mindy's best friend.
  • Ashley Rickards as Virginia Vanderkamp, a depressed loner who helps Mindy and Jodi with their plan.
  • Claudia Lee as Whitney Bennett, a ruthless evil popular girl who takes down anyone trying to be her equal. We discover that she is not rich and that her parents work in the mansion and live in the servants' quarters.
  • Katie Chang as Claire Stewart, a Girl Scout who comes out as lesbian.
  • Jazmyn Richardson as Delores "Sugar" Jones, a young woman who is part of Mindy and Jodi's master plan, and also wants to stand up for black rights and women's rights.
  • Peyton List as Mackenzie Smith, the youngest and closest of Whitney's friends. She dumps Whitney to hang out with Mindy.
  • Avan Jogia as Dave Quinn, Jodi's slacker boyfriend who used to be one of Whitney's minions.
  • Harry Katzman as Louie Hammerschmidt, a fantasy nerd.
  • Noah Robbins as Martin Vimmel, a sci-fi nerd.
  • Alex Shimizu as Howard Chang, a tech nerd.
  • Frank Whaley as Herb Schellenberger, Jodi's father.
  • Brock Yurich as Kyle McDevitt, one of Whitney's popular friends.
  • Daniel Eric Gold as Mr. Samuels, Mindy's teacher with whom she has a close friendship.
  • Ted McGinley as Principal Whitmore, a torturous principal.
  • Will Peltz as Colin Hackett, one of Whitney's popular friends.
  • Jeanette Dilone as Paloma, one of Whitney's popular friends.

Production[edit]

On May 13, 2014, the cast of the film, originally titled The Outskirts, was announced to include Eden Sher, Avan Jogia, Claudia Lee, Victoria Justice, Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Katie Chang and William Peltz.[3] On August 8, Frank Whaley joined the film to play Herb, the father of Jodi and a postal worker who agrees to start dating once his daughter takes charge of her own life. Victoria Justice and Avan Jogia starred together in the Nickelodeon movie Spectacular! and television show Victorious.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on July 2, 2014 in New York City.[5][6] In August, filming occurred at John L. Miller Great Neck North High School and other locations around Great Neck and Port Washington.[7]

Marketing[edit]

On July 29, 2014, two images from the movie were revealed by Entertainment Weekly.[8] On May 14, 2015 the official poster was revealed through the cast members official social media accounts.[9]

Release[edit]

In March 2017, Swen Group acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] On April 14, 2017, The Outcasts was given a limited release and made available through video-on-demand. On August 14, 2017 it was released in Netflix.[11]

Critical Reaction[edit]

The film currently holds a 57% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes based on 7 reviews.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Outskirts". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Outskirts". The Numbers. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Victoria Justice Starring in High-School Comedy". Variety. May 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Frank Whaley Heads To 'The Outskirts'". Deadline. August 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Victoria Justice Begins Filming New Comedy 'The Outskirts'". Teen Daily. July 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Madness On The Set Of Victoria Justice and Eden Sher's Movie 'The Outskirts'". Disney Dreaming. July 6, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. 
  7. ^ "'The Outskirts', starring Victoria Justice, filming in Great Neck, NY". onlocationvacations.com. July 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "See photos from upcoming high-school comedy 'The Outskirts'". Entertainment Weekly. July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Victoria Justice on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (March 8, 2017). "Swen Group Moves Into U.S. Distribution With Victoria Justice's 'Outcasts' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/netflix/247213/netflix-new-releases-for-august-2017

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