It is somewhat difficult to recommend Madness in the Method to non-fans of Mewes or Kevin Smith's previous work. It has it's moments of hilarity and a handful of amusingly playful scenes, but it's one only for the fans because of it. It lacks anything substantial to invite a casual audience enough to make a great impression
It's miraculous that Minding the Gap never feels self-serving or preachy, but it simply never does. It's a sensitive study on manhood in today's climate peppered with keen observations on race and class to boot, whilst also celebrating the culture of skateboarding and it's therapeutic qualities.
Elle issues its warnings about how the arts should not be neglected in schools without being overbearing. Its storytelling has the grace of a ballet dancer but the real world implications are too terrifying to ignore.