Friday, September 5, 2014
ChicagoTribune (C. Darling) review
Parents should note that Innocence  (directed and screenplay cowritten by Hilary Brougher along with Tristine Skyler based on the novel by Jane Mendelsohn [IMDb]) is a rather mislabeled story.
Okay, yes, it's about a rather innocent 15-year-old girl named Beckett Warner (played by Sophie Curtis) from somewhere on Long Island, who after the rather strange death of her mother (due to an aneurism while surfing) moves with her father (played by Linus Roache) to Manhattan, where he enrolls her in a rather odd/creepy prep school where apparently her mother had also gone.
The school is run by women, all apparently her mother's age (late-30s to mid-40s). They are all good looking and very competent, like her mother was. But they all also seem to be rather emotionless to the point of seeming drugged / sedated. And they all seem to know her father, a writer, from their "book club."
Also despite their quite fashionable attire and quite modern bordering on trendy demeanor, these women running this quite upscale prep-school, that's been "around for ages," seem surprisingly "puritanical," obsessed with blood and protecting their students' virginity.
Well there's, of course, "an explanation" to this. And it's actually a quite amusing one, though it more or less requires a BIG SPOILER ALERT to cuntinue further.
But (PARENTS DEFINITELY TAKE NOTE...) let's just say that the film offers one of the more "original" (unconvincing but _original_) excuses that a young girl could give to her parents for NEEDING to LOSE HER VIRGINITY _QUICKLY_ that certainly I've ever heard ;-) ...
DON'T READ FURTHER if you accept the warning and don't want to have the film otherwise "spoiled' for you, but its final act really is kinda a hoot.
BIG SPOILER ALERT: "But dad, I HAD to lose my virginity because OTHERWISE the WITCHES who run my school would CONTINUE TO SUCK MY VIRGIN BLOOD TO KEEP THEMSELVES 'FOREVER YOUNG.'"
Unconvincing as an excuse, yes, but certainly quite original ;-). Would I recommend the film to your teen? Probably not. But I'm sure that most readers who've read this far will be amused.
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