Synopsis by Mark Deming
A talented young man's idyllic life is shattered when he learns the truth about the small town he calls home in this independent drama. Sperry Rock School is a well-respected progressive school in Athens, VT, a small town that seems the picture of propriety on the surface. Sperry Rock's instructors encourage their students to follow their own path and create their own study plans, which has worked out well for Charlie (James Martinez), a gifted science student who has already earned a full scholarship to the college of his choice. However, his best friend Vernal (Paul Sado) lacks Charlie's intelligence and discipline, and is caught in a self-destructive spiral of disruptive behavior. Of even greater concern to Charlie is his girlfriend, Joy (Autumn Dornfeld), who dropped out of school for no apparent reason before leaving town without notice. As a difficult year wears on, Charlie and his friends learn some startling truths about the underside of Athens, the rivalry between the city's privileged and blue-collar communities, and a shocking secret that leads to an ugly act of violence. The Undeserved was the first feature film from writer and director Brad Coley.