You know that moment in life when you realize you're not going to be greeted as the planetary savior you once envisioned yourself to be? Art student Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) is experiencing just that when he graces Strathmore Academy with his presence, only to discover just how little regard a campus full of has-been and wannabe artists has for him and his talent.

From there, Art School Confidential spreads itself all over the classification map – a satire one moment, a dark comedy the next, a mystery with a twist the next, a love story tucked in between. The genre-bending isn't exactly subtle: ASC doesn't quite know how to be all things at once, and the seams are pretty glaring.

That, plus an ending many have dubbed a copout, means this isn't a film for everyone. But if you can relate to Jerome's original disillusionment and can excuse a miscue or nine, you might find yourself in the happy minority. Sloppy execution can derail the best of movies, but ASC simply has too many good qualities in its corner to simply fail.

Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, two behind-the-scenes features.

Grade: C+