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This is a great film. Don't trust this tomatometer. It honestly says something that it's so low given that most of the bad reviews are coming from white men.
Oh my, this was quite a terrible treat. Was looking for something along the lines of "Girl, Interrupted" and was in shock of how many marks they were able to miss in this girl-power film. Genuinely enjoyed the "coming of confidence" with Red's character as is evident of her removing her sweater. Extra half star for giving it a good ol college try!
Annette Haywood-Carter's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' controversial novel snuffs out most of the plot. The film goes off route by switching the setting to the 1990s and rather than being a film about female empowerment it adds in some moderate references to lesbianism. But, fans of Angelina Jolie will love her portrayal of the femme-fatale Legs Sadovsky.
I want to give Foxfire 5 stars for the subject matter - yeah the plot is in pieces and it gets clunky - but how good is the first half. Powerless teenage girls led by young cool Angelina Jolie to take back some power. Maybe it sounds cliche but it's the kind of cliche we don't see enough on screen. Aspirational. Mostly.
I watched this after watching the 2013 version. And it does not compare. The plot is thinner, and Angelina Jolie is not as charming as Raven Adamson starring as Legs.
Great performances by the entire cast.
20-year-old Angelina Jolie stars as teenage drifter Legs Sadovsky who emboldens four misfit girls to stand up for themselves - and each other. The female bonding subgenre was a rarity for 1996, but unfortunately this screenplay is about as aimless as some of the girls themselves. Additionally the acting isn't very strong apart from Jolie who commands attention in every scene with her good looks (despite the Jackie Chan haircut) and knife-edge comportment. Definitely worth watching for Jolie devotees, <i>Foxfire</i> also exhibits some striking use of color and light, and a memorably long, seductive tattoo scene hypnotically set to Mazzy Star's "Into Dust." Some other good songs on the soundtrack that qualifies as among the '90s most eccentric by including music ranging from Kristin Hersh to mainstream jazz to The Cramps to the pan flute!
Super cute movie about girls getting revenge on a teacher who molested them. For the middle of the movie. The movie kinda turns into something else later on. Just got this on DVD, it is a very pretty movie. Well done, Ms. Director. Not the nude romp I remember from my youth, but, hey, I love me some feminist films now!
An early film for the legendary Angelina Jolie prior to her ?Bradgelina? days, Foxfire remains one of her less known projects from her youth which most fans may not be familiar with?possibly because it surely is not the best project on her resume. An minor film aimed seemingly at 1990s gothic teens with too much time on their hands, those interested in seeing a short-haired Angelina in a teen role (who already have seen 1995?s Hackers) may take more to this one than those expecting anything special.
This mostly bogus drama/thriller revolves around some attractive yet troubled teenage girls who form a gang (more of a cult actually) when a tall stranger (Jolie) stumbles into town and looks for various ways to create trouble at the local high school. They all think it is fun and games until things (unsurprisingly) get out of hand and they all end up suspended until further notice. The drama does not stop there, however as Legs (the name Jolie goes by) cannot go a day without causing a scandal and brings the rest of the group with her.
This intriguing but ultimately depressing flick has its entertaining parts and an attractive young cast, but the turns of events are so ridiculous it is hard to understand what the point is, overall. Those who remember the styles and grungy trends of 1990s high schoolers may find this a trip down memory lane and wonder if Nirvana will suddenly appear singing ?Smells Like Teen Spirit??if they care to go there in the first place. Angelina, herself surely looks at this in her early filmography and laughs at what a ridiculous film she chose to star in until better projects came along. Her fans may like it solely to see her ?topless? scene. Filmed in Portland, Oregon.
One of her best movies.