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Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore
Naomi Foner (RUNNING ON EMPTY) takes the director's chair for this gentle and sensitive youth drama that follows two New York City teenagers and the events that put a strain on the bond between them, during one of the last summers of their adolescence. Lilly (Dakota Fanning) is quiet, thoughtful and introspective - the product of two conservative parents (Ellen Barkin and Clark Gregg) who keep a tight rein on her. Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), on the other hand, is free-spirited, uninhibited andslightly caustic - the daughter of a left-of-center mom and dad (Demi Moore and Richard Dreyfuss) who let her do whatever, and go wherever, she pleases. Shortly before they each leave for college in the fall, the girls spend most of their time together, whiling away pleasant afternoons, but soon they both meet and fall for the same boy - artist David (Boyd Holbrook) who sells novelty ice cream bars at Far Rockaway Beach. He decides that he much prefers Lilly to Gerry, and Lilly loses her virginity to him. The affair grows more serious, but Lilly can't bring herself to divulge the news to Gerry for fear of breaking her heart. Not long after, an unexpected tragedy occurs in Gerry's family and forces Lilly to reach out in an attempt to console her best friend.
Lilly and Gerri are two teenagers spending their last summer together before attending college. They make a pact to lose their virginity before heading off to college but several things happen that threaten their friendship including a young man who causes some jealousy between the girls as well as problems in their family life as well.
I always try not to read a lot about a film before I sit down to review them but for whatever reason I was expecting a bit more comedy from this one. I am not going to go into any more details here about the story and what happens but I will say that there is not anything new here and other films have told the same kind of story better.
A lot of what happens in the film makes little sense. I mean these are two smart girls with their whole lives ahead of them yet they seem to do a lot of stupid things. It was really hard to grow any kind of attachment to any of the characters in the film because the story made little sense at times.
The Best thing about "Very Good Girls" was the cast. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are both very good in the film and the supporting cast including, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Barkin have much to work with.
"Very Good Girls" is a film I really wanted to like but it does not offer anything new and it could of used some better writing as well. A film such as this has to make you care about the characters and this just fails at doing so. If you like the cast and were thinking about checking the movie out go ahead and do so just do not expect a lot. Available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
Released by Well Go USA
** Out Of *****