Jack and Diane (2012)
Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 20
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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 2,638
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
Nov 2, 2012 Limited
Jan 7, 2013
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Devoid of energy and direction, 'J&D' settles for faux-naif posturing and arty color design.
Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust ...
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.)
"Jack & Diane" offers a glaring example of a writer and director, Bradley Rust Gray, unable to trust in the simple strength of his material.
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.
Good direction is hobbled by inexplicable flashes of horror, which add nothing to the story and stick out like clumsy art-movie affectations.
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.
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.
Never really moves beyond or does much to develop...its sorta cool premise.
...teasing glimpses of horror merely pose as manifestations of an inner psychological turmoil that is nowhere else evident
What could have been an appealing, offbeat romance is instead little more than Twilight for the arthouse crowd.
Audience Reviews for Jack and Diane
- Diane: This is scary for me.
- Aunt Linda: Good luck finding her.
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