Credit: Jonathan WENK

Us Rating: **

Opens: Friday 8/6

Though set among rich kids on NYC's Upper East Side and starring Chace Crawford, Twelve has little in common with the glossy, irreverent Gossip Girl. Instead, it's a gloomy crime story about a high-school dropout (Crawford) who deals drugs to his wealthy peers, then gets caught up in a murder. While a few performances excel -- Emma Roberts offers a subtle turn as the film's good girl -- the melodramatic potboiler mostly disappoints.