Keith is a 2008 independent drama film directed by Todd Kessler. It was written by Todd Kessler and David Zabel based on the short story “Keith” by author Ron Carlson, from his book The Hotel Eden. The film stars actor and pop star Jesse McCartney, Elisabeth Harnois, and Margo Harshman.
The storyline is based around a popular 17-year-old high school senior, Natalie, who thinks she has got life figured out, until she meets Keith. Natalie is at first annoyed by her new chemistry class lab partner, but she ultimately falls for him and discovers that Keith is hiding a secret, with tragic results. The film was released in theaters on September 19, 2008.
Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is an academically-focused student, with the intent of going to Duke University on a tennis scholarship. Natalie, with several other of her classmates, frequents an outdoors party place called The Brick. There, she bonds with Rafael (Ignacio Serricchio), a new transfer student. Meanwhile, in chemistry, Natalie is paired with Keith (Jesse McCartney), a carefree boy with a rebellious view of life. When Natalie asks Keith to help her with a lab report, he drives her out of school to trespass into an office building, bringing her into his easygoing lifestyle. Even though Rafael becomes Natalie’s boyfriend, Keith persistently asks Natalie to go out with him, though insisting as friends.