Very Good Girls (2014)
Critic Consensus: Resting on a love triangle played out by poorly drawn characters, Very Good Girls succeeds mainly in making viewers want a better project for Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.
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Critic Reviews for Very Good Girls
Will any film this year feature a moment more pretentious than David asking Lily to read a few lines of Sylvia Plath's poetry before their first kiss? That guy deserves a smack to the kisser all right.
Very Good Girls has a breezy yet bittersweet, vaguely nostalgic vibe.
Despite a finely wrought lead performance by Dakota Fanning, the drama feels more like the stuff of a mild - and dated - YA novel than an involving exploration of female experience.
One insurmountable problem is that the stars, especially Ms. Olsen, 25, are too old for their roles. Another is that the movie has more characters than it can begin to accommodate in 91 minutes.
Disappointingly, Foner's young heroines are defined primarily by their reactions to other people. It's a great credit to Olsen and, especially, Fanning that they manage to make these characters vibrant and sympathetic anyway.
Audience Reviews for Very Good Girls
Very small movie, but I liked it a lot. It doesn't drag at all and Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are convincing as best friends. I'm surprised by the low ratings, but at the same time, I can see how it's not a story that would interest everyone. It's pretty much a coming of age story about two young girls and some of the bad choices a young girl can make.
Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star in the coming of age drama Very Good Girls. During their last summer together before they go away to college two best friends, Lilly and Gerry, end up falling for the same guy, testing their relationship. Olsen gives a standout performance and steals every scene she's in; the rest of the cast however, are pretty bland and lifeless. And, the plot is pretty aimless and does a poor job at developing the relationships. Meandering about without a clear vision, Very Good Girls is a halfhearted and formulaic film.
This is as mediocre as coming-of-age stories can possibly get. Elizabeth Olson and Dakota Fanning play their characters fairly well and I did buy them as best friends, but it seems to be written by somebody who knows some things about teenage girls, but also seems to be guessing about the rest. I will say that The cast gave it their all, but the film is so predictably written, with an obviously cliched conclusion, "Very Good Girls" is a big flop. I was really looking forward to seeing this film, because it is nice to see an indie film come of actors who have been in the public spotlight for so long. Based solely around sex and jokes, there is not much of an impact when the climax f the film hits, and I felt empty-handed when the credits rolled. Overall, if you like the cast you may find some enjoyment, but it is a pretty lackluster story. Nice try for this first time director though.
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