We Are the Mods: 3 of 5 stars

Imagine a subculture where the kids think wearing skinny ties and straightened hair and mini skirts is cool, where the preferred mode of transport is a Vespa or some other vintage or new scooter.

That's the world of E.E. Cassidy's

We Are the Mods

, a Southern California coming-of-age melodrama about young people wrapped up in 1960s fashions, the look of The Who and Antonioni's B



Sadie (Melia Renee) is the shy photographer with her heart set on leaving home and going to school as far away as she can imagine – some Vermont Institute of Design. Her family isn't having it.

Until she falls in with Nico (Mary Louise Hayden), a confident, popular young woman with a "monster foot" (caused by Milroy disease) that forces her to use a cane. That doesn't prevent her from being the most glamorous, exciting thing ever to enter Sadie's life. Nico lures Sadie into a bright new world of kids, boyfriend Treg (Lance Drake) among them, re-living a little corner of the '60s, with ska, sex, drugs and vintage rock'n roll. Nico's every word to Sadie is a challenge.

"I can't believe you're afraid of Betty Crocker" Nico rips, wondering why Sadie doesn't stand up to Mom.

We Are the Mods

is one of those

Ghost World

takes on a hipster subculture, a film that finds new romance in an age-old movie gesture -- a shared cigarette. The culture is the most novel thing about this love triangle.

Screening at:

2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Regal; 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Enzian.