Koury's brother Adam is one of those bright under-achievers who no doubt finds the company of degenerates more fulfilling than generic high school preppies. And Standing by Yourself discovers its maladroit protagonist in rebellious Josh Siegfried, a little boy lost disguising hismelf in punk attitude. Siegfried's pimply tough-guy mug is forever plastered with a giddy, willfully ignorant grin. Whether picking a fight with a less than reliable friend or stirring up trouble with shopping mall security guards, Siegfried's acting for the camera in ways that bring to mind Oscar Wilde's quote, "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth." Standing by Yourself, by nature, can't perceive what makes Siegfried the way he is, but what he doesn't show or tell, what he's willing to perform, allow for plenty of inference.
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