I have so much to say about this week’s choice for Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday but if I were to choose one word to describe the whole experience, I’d have to say it’s: uncomfortable.
Before I begin, I’d like to point out that I thought this would be a fitting movie for Spiritual Bahana since the voice is from a female perspective and about sexuality. What convinced me to go see it was the line at the end of the movie trailer: this is for all the girls when they have grown. This lead me to believe it was going to be an innocent reflection on teenage sexuality from an older woman’s perspective.
FAR FROM IT!
There was nothing innocent about this movie. With the small cast made up of well known actors such Kristin Wig and Alexander Skarsgard, I figured it would be emotionally dramatic and well presented. Instead what I experienced was a movie that felt very much like barely legal kitty porn. The movie’s main character, played by twenty – three year old actress Bel Powley, is a junior in high school who enjoys having sex. But she enjoys having sex with her mother’s thirty something year old boyfriend.
I knew going into this movie that there’d be some controversial topics such as female sexuality and teen sex, but I didn’t expect to see it played out on screen. At one point, I wish I had bought a sign with the words: I’m gay I promise! because it felt really uncomfortable being a male in that theater.
The only scene I can stand by is when Minnie, the teen age girl, tries to find comfort from her mother only to find that she’s getting high with her friends and boyfriend. It reminded me of when I realized that some parents – although adults – still act like teenagers themselves.
But that’s about it.
For this week’s La La movie…big thumbs down!