Jack and Diane (2012)
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"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.
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.
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I watched this as I've liked a lot of Juno Temple's movies. This is pretty much a lesbian romance, which would be fine if they had left the stupid monster stuff out. It's probably meant to be a metaphor for struggling with sexuality, but honestly I would have preferred it if they just dealt with that issue. What's left is a very average film which drags and makes no sense. It's a shame, it could have been decent.
There just aren't enough lesbian werewolf films, but Jack & Diane is here to fill that niche. The story is paper-thin and involves a friendship between two teenage girls that are werewolves? The werewolf aspect is so poorly integrated that it's hard to tell whether they're both 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. Monotonous tripe, Jack & Diane is convoluted and inexplicable.
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.
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