TITLE: GAS FOOD LODGING
WRITER AND DIRECTOR: ALLISON ANDERS
THE BOTTOM LINE: A no-budget look at adolescence and lower-class life -- smart, tough and compassionate.
Adolescents, as everyone in the movie business knows, are a market, not an audience. You do anything you can to separate them from their allowances -- pimple-brained comedies, incoherent action films, imbecilic slasher flicks -- but you do nothing to connect them with the realities of the often desperate passage they are attempting to navigate.
Teenagers (and most other people for that matter) are likely to encounter Gas Food Lodging only by chance, given its modest...