Weaving through it all is the misery of wannabe writer Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez) trying to find his place in the world. As college beckons, all he's ever known crumbles: his parents announce divorce, his job at the title site disappears as business wanes.
It's a watchable, competently made period piece, but its events are as lasting as the hairstyles. Fernandez, who barely registered in "Red Riding Hood," shines in a natural performance, but his peers aren't nearly as well-developed as characters. Burns dedicates "Skateland" in the memory of John Hughes, but the movie doesn't feel like John Hughes at all. —Rod Lott