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So this how women want to be remembered - conniving, manipulative, seductress, vengeful...was there NO other story Quinn Shepard could have thought of and written as a first time director/screenwriter than about this bespoke commonplace parody of the real or actual thing? Are there no other great/nice stories to be told about females/women than these sex-infused monikers masquerading as movies? What has this film done other than aid/encourage/applaud sexual harassments, assaults, rape, 'taboo relationships'...this is what women are only good for - sex?!? This is what they do with their chance at those leadership directorial/screen player roles they so fight voraciously for - just add more vitriol to their gender problems as though being "Victims Forever" is a thing or badge of honor! The most shameful film I have ever encountered!
This is a wonderful movie that explores the intrinsic human need to search for connection and desire, it tests boundaries between unlikely relationships and exposes human flaws. Loved it!
Though at times a little predictable and at other times a little underdeveloped, this premiere feature from writer-actor-director Quinn Shephard nevertheless shows her tremendous promise as a filmmaker. In this coming of age tale that combines elements of pictures as diverse as "Eighth Grade," "Lolita" and "Carrie" (without the psychic aspects), Shephard explores topics ranging from mental health to emerging sexuality to inappropriate relationships to bullying in a thought-provoking yet entertaining vehicle. Shephard turns in a terrific performance in the lead role of a troubled and misunderstood teen, backed by an equally strong portrayal by Nadia Alexander as her mean girl rival. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay, this film is now available through various home viewing options.
Quinn Shephard is a director to look out for.
Her directorial, writing and producing debut is condensed into an intense movie, filled with complicated characters and a 'common' story. The movie deals with tough adolescence topics and it does not shy away from showing characters that feel raw and real.
The film is specifically considering that the director started working on the script at age 15. Definitely someone who can grow in future projects.
loved this! A great modern twist on The Crucible. Such amazing talent from Quinn Shepard and Nadia Alexander!
This first directoral film from Quinn Shephard, ostensibly based on Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, loses its bearings and careens itself into the abyss of what high school writers should rightly be called, which is not very good. Grounded on a few vague literary references, this film carries few of the creative moments in those books throughout the performances and reduces its actors into mean girl redundancies with (unintelligible) daddy issues and an obsessiveness over impressing young boys through bra-and-panty gyrating and promiscuity. FULL REVIEW: https://gortnaculhouse.com.
To be fair, this movie is entertaining whilst watching. However, it's more of a fluff piece than a substantial melodrama that will stick with you. This movie feels much more like a fantasy of Quinn Shephard's that she decided to write herself into. The characters are just too undeveloped and the plot too weak for the plot twist towards the end, resulting in the whole movie giving off several inconclusive messages. It's one of those movies you keep expecting to have some pay off or some deeper meaning in hopes you're not watching a well-disguised saucy romantic B-movie. Unfortunately, this movie never culminated in a pay off for me.There were too many loose ends that weren't tied up, and the entire script and plot felt very juvenile- like a high school girl trying to write an edgy piece for her school art magazine (which is kind of coincidental.)
Like Mean Girls with a brain. And courage. And purpose. (No need for a wizard.)
And just like that, a star is born. It's hard to believe a 20 year old wrote, directed and starred in this movie. Blame tackles some of the heavier subjects today but does it with such maturity and expertise. It's hard to not be impressed by Quinn Shephard as a writer, director, and actress. Here's hoping to see more of her in the future.
The movie was incredible. Stand out performance by Nadia Alexander who played Melissa Bowman. It is one of those movies that leaves you mind blown. Impressive skill by Quinn Shepard. Fanstastic Story Line.