Charlie just shot his first commercial and is looking forward to a relaxing day with exotic girlfriend Paloma, the kind of girl a young, hip director should have. Charlie's wild best friend, Joe, invites himself over along with companion du jour Cassandra, and the fun begins. This day, however, will not go as planned, as each of his friends and his always absentee voice-on-the-phone father, play another kind of card, resulting in disaster. Based on Wolfgang Bauer's stage play, The Young Unknowns is a harsh look at the L.A. lifestyle of the rich and not-so-famous, embodied by spoiled but self-destructive Charlie (Devon Gummersall from Roswell, My So Called Life) intelligent but self-destructive Paloma (Arly Jover from Blade, John Carpenter's Vampires), hedonistic and self-destructive Joe (Eion Bailey from Band of Brothers, ER), and beautiful but self-destructive Cassandra (Leslie Bibb from Iron Man, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Crossing Jordan). First time feature-filmmaker and screenwriter Catherine Jelski's unflinching portrait of emotional abuse is remarkably enthralling, impossible to look away from, one of the new breed of pseudo-cinemait films that started with 1997's In the Company of Men. The film has an exhibitionist quality to it, as if the audience is seeing something it really shouldn't be. With excellent photography and first-rate performances by its cast, The Young Unknowns packs a daring punch that should not be missed.