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Jack and Diane (2012)

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18

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

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22

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Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 2,625

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Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane's charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack's tough skinned heart. But when Jack discovers that Diane is moving she pushes her away. Unable to grasp her new feelings, Diane's emotions begin to cause unexplainable violent changes to her body. Through these awkward and insecure feelings, the two girls must struggle to turn their first love into an enduring one. -- (C) Magnolia

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Drama, Horror, Romance, Comedy

Jan 7, 2013

$1.0k

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (20)

"The Man With the Iron Fists" being a fairly satisfying slab of cinematic mayhem, particularly if seen in under conditions like the ones I describe from my younger days.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Comments (3)
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Devoid of energy and direction, 'J&D' settles for faux-naif posturing and arty color design.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust ...

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Throughout, the filmmaking is tentative, as though Gray is unsure whether he wants to make a fantasy-tinged romance or a hyper-sexualized blood-fest. (He winds up with neither.)

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Jack & Diane" offers a glaring example of a writer and director, Bradley Rust Gray, unable to trust in the simple strength of his material.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Felt like someone misinterpreting the most extreme bits of Gregg Araki and Harmony Korine and turning it into an unwatchable film made marketable by putting its leading ladies into lesbian situations.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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Good direction is hobbled by inexplicable flashes of horror, which add nothing to the story and stick out like clumsy art-movie affectations.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

Little movie, called Jack and Diane. Must have been sitting too long in the can. No, it doesn't have the Mellencamp song. And it gets everything thing else terribly wrong.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Let's see, monsters, internal organs with hair snaking through them, blood, teeth falling out after a kiss, vomiting, suicide over a broken heart. Some people call this romantic and charming. Pardon me while I gag.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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It stinks worse than rotten fish.

December 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Just plain icky - all toilets and blood and hair and bodily fluids.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Never really moves beyond or does much to develop...its sorta cool premise.

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

...teasing glimpses of horror merely pose as manifestations of an inner psychological turmoil that is nowhere else evident

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

What could have been an appealing, offbeat romance is instead little more than Twilight for the arthouse crowd.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A girl-on-girl werewolf flick may sound similar to a plot line for the ultimate guilty pleasure horror flick, but in reality Jack and Diane may be just a little too John-Mellan-campy for most viewers' tastes.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A trudgingly self-serious affair that doesn't manage to be transporting on either its literal or conceptual levels.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Jack and Diane

Diane(Juno Temple) loses her cell phone and therefore has no idea her sister is not coming to visit her from Washington, DC until it is too late. By that point, she is feeling nauseous and having nose bleeds. Seeking shelter in a night club, she runs into Jack(Riley Keough) who takes her home with her. When Diane finally gets home the following morning, her aunt Linda(Cara Seymour) is so sick with worry that she is prepared to ground her until she is old enough to collect social security.

Desperately wanting to put its own fresh spin on the teenage lesbian coming of age movie, "Jack and Diane" goes the extra mile unnecessarily in throwing random plot elements at the wall to see what sticks which is pretty much nothing, except in the department of bodily functions. The more the movie tries to be dark and edgy, the more it becomes harder to tell exactly what is going on. Characters coming and going as they please does not help in the least. In any case, we've known for a while that Juno Temple is game for anything while Kylie Minogue just seems intent on putting together the most eccentric filmography ever.
February 14, 2014
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Walter M.

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Think my obsession with Juno Temple was the main reason I was interested in this movie, and watched until the end. While the lesbian/horror love story was entertaining, I can't help but still call it an average movie, saved by my love for Juno haha.
May 19, 2013
Shawn Montague

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There just aren't enough lesbian werewolf films, and Jack & Diane fills that niche. The story is paper-thin and involves a friendship between two teenagers that are werewolves? The werewolf aspect is so poorly integrated that it's hard to tell whether they are wolves, whether one turned the other into a wolf, or if it's just a visual manifestation. But beyond that, the acting is poor and there's no point to anything in the film. Jack & Diane is a monotonous piece of rubbish that has nothing to say.
February 27, 2013
Dann Michalski

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The titular characters, essayed by Keough and Temple, are two star-crossed lesbian teens who fall in love after a chance encounter in one of New York's hipper districts. "Hip" is the keyword for this film. Characters carry skateboards, hang out in tattoo parlors and generally look disillusioned, but in, like, a "hip" way.
Just for the hell of it we get a few dream sequences involving some sort of werewolf creature. I'm guessing this is meant to represent the girls' burgeoning sexuality ala 'Company of Wolves' but don't quote me on that. Despite this injection of weirdness, it's the straightest gay drama you'll see this year. Our heroes even have their own song, The Flying Pickets' 'Only You', used to far greater effect in Wong Kar Wai's 'Fallen Angels'.
If the characters weren't so damn irksome it wouldn't be a bad little romantic drama. Temple gives a great performance and is one to watch in the coming years. Unfortunately, director Gray seems intent on alienating as large an audience as possible.
December 10, 2012
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    1. Diane: This is scary for me.
    – Submitted by Chris P (17 months ago)
    1. Aunt Linda: Good luck finding her.
    – Submitted by Chris P (17 months ago)
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