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Quitters movie: Kieran Culkin teaches a lesson on grading in exclusive clip

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Family dramadies filled with angsty teens are a dime a dozen, but Noah Pritzker’s Quitters brings a distinct edge to the table with a stellar cast and cutting wit, and EW has an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The dark comedy focuses on Clark (Ben Konigsberg), a wily California teen who puts on a tough facade, though he’s internally grappling with his affluent family’s dark side. Dealing with a combative father and substance-abusing mother (Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino) ultimately pushes Clark to move in with his new girlfriend, though he comes to learn it’s going to take more than a change of setting to find solace. 

In the clip above, Clark questions his strict teacher, Mr. Becker (Kieran Culkin), on his grading policy, where a B+ is “better than good, but not exceptional.” Becker prompts Clark to “engage with a piece of literature” versus simply seeking an A in class, which clearly doesn’t sit well with the finicky teen. 

 

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Quitters premiered last year in the narrative competition section at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award. It marks the feature-length debut of Pritzker, whose short film Little Dad also competed for the Grand Jury Award at SXSW in 2012. 

In addition to Konigsberg (Anesthesia), Sorvino (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion), and Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) the film’s cast includes Greg Germann (Ally McBeal), Morgan Turner (The Sisterhood of Night) and Saffron Burrows (Deep Blue Sea).  

Ahead of the film’s limited theatrical and VOD release on July 22, watch the exclusive clip from Quitters in the video above.