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Flower proves Zoey Deutch can bring even the most preposterously written characters vividly to life -- and that she isn't quite enough to carry a fundamentally flawed film.



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Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom's new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. When Bob's mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixing dark comedy and teenage angst writer-director Max Winkler (CEREMONY) and co-writer Matt Spicer (INGRID GOES WEST) re-imagine an unproduced script by Alex McAulay, creating a star vehicle for blossoming talent Zoey Deutch (BEFORE I FALL, WHY HIM?) and elevating the teen movie to new heights.

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  • Everyone here is simply a mismanaged thing to be moved around an isn't-that-shocking storyboard as needed. It's a shame, as Deutch shows real commitment to a role that demands the exact opposite ...

    Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There isn't a single kernel of emotional truth to be found in "Flower," a lamentable dark comedy that treats subjects such as teen suicide, pedophilia and drug use with the nuance of a jackhammer.

    Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • Deutch's portrayal of Erica is truly impressive, giving us a fully fleshed character who's both vulnerable and remorseless.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It feels like the work of indie filmmakers weaned on Todd Solondz movies, adopting all of the ugliness but none of the insight, without even shock value to show for it.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to see the point of it all.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • "Flower" can't quite nail the necessary tone, aiming for dark, but missing the comedy.

    Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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