The Virgin Suicides

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Sofia's successful directorial debut lies in the movie's compelling story and the actors' genuine emotions.

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On the surface the Lisbons appear to be a healthy, successful 1970s family living in a middle-class Michigan suburb. Mr. Libson is a math teacher, his wife is a rigid religious mother of five attractive teenage daughters who catch the eyes of the neighborhood boys. However, when 13-year-old Cecilia commits suicide, the family spirals downward into a creepy state of isolation and the remaining girls are quarantined from social interaction (particularly from the opposite sex) by their zealously protective mother. But the strategy backfires, their seclusion makes the girls even more intriguing to the obsessed boys who will go to absurd lengths for a taste of the forbidden fruit.

Cast

Kirsten Dunst
as Lux Lisbon
James Woods
as Mr. Lisbon
Kathleen Turner
as Mrs. Lisbon
Josh Hartnett
as Trip Fontaine
Hanna Hall
as Cecilia Lisbon
Danny DeVito
as Dr. Horniker
Chelse Swain
as Bonnie Lisbon
A.J. Cook
as Mary Lisbon
Leslie Hayman
as Therese Lisbon
Michael Paré
as Trip Fontaine '97
Lee Kagan
as David
Joe Dinicol
as Dominic
Scott Glenn
as Father Moody
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVito)
Dawn Greenhalgh
as Mrs. Scheer
Sherry Miller
as Mrs. Buell
Michele Duquet
as Mrs. Denton
Murray McRae
as Mr. Denton
Paul Sybersma
as Joe Larson
Susan Sybersma
as Joe's Mother, Mrs. Larson
Roberta Hanley
as Mrs. Weiner
Peter Snider
as Trip's Dad
Gary Brennan
as Donald, Trip's Dad's Friend
Charles Boyland
as Curt Van Osdol
Dustin Ladd
as Chip Willard
Kirsten Fairlie
as Amy Schraff
Sheyla Molho
as Danielle
Ashley Ainsworth
as Shelia Davis
François Klanfer
as E.R. Doctor
Mackenzie Lawrenz
as Jim Czeslawski
Tim "Fuzzy" Hall
as Kurt Siles
Andrew Gillies
as Principal Woodhouse
Mairlyn Smith
as Mrs. Woodhouse
John Deans-Buchan
as Lydia's Boss John
Jaya Karsemeyer
as Reformed Teen Gloria
Leah Straatsma
as Reformed Teen Rannie
Marianne Maroney
as Teacher Intro Mrs. Woodhouse
Derek Boyes
as Football `Grieving Teacher'
Sally Cahill
as Mrs. Hedlie
Scott Denton
as Mr. O'Connor
Timothy Adams
as Buzz `Rope' Romano
Joe Roncetti
as Kevin Head
Hayden Christensen
as Jake Hill Conley
Michael Michaelessi
as Parks Dept. Foreman
Megan Kennedy
as Cheerleader
Sandi Stahlbrand
as Meredith Thompson
Neil Girvan
as Drunk Man in Pool
Ann Wessels
as Woman in Chiffon at Pool
Mark Polley
as Cemetery Worker No. 1
Kirk Gonnsen
as Cemetery Worker No. 2
Catherine Swing
as Mrs. O'Connor
Sarah Minhas
as Wanda Brown
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Critic Reviews for The Virgin Suicides

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (23)

  • A surprisingly intricate struggle with absence, grief, and memory.

    Jul 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone.

    Jul 18, 2007

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A very curious and eclectic piece of work.

    Jul 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The tone of wistful regret and longing doesn't preclude a good deal of gentle humour. It's a restrained, subtly suggestive piece which disintegrates if you try to get a fix on it.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A disarmingly poetic - and specifically female - vision of adolescence that it belongs in a category of its own.

    Dec 31, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Coppola's direction engagingly avoids the coming-of-age cliches and the film boasts an excellent performance from Kirsten Dunst.

    Oct 1, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Virgin Suicides

  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Virgin Suicides is a sweet-bitter story. The sweet is the style, vibe, whimsy, and humor throughout. The end is bitter and the film is not a comedy. Whether or not you enjoy the film will be largely down to taste. Recommended to those who have enjoyed Lost In Translation, American Beauty, Coen Brothers films, or Wes Andersen films.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    An extremely hard novel to adapt to the big screen, from one of my favourite novelists Jeffrey Euginides comes the directorial debut of Sofia Coppola who would go on to direct the award-laden Lost In Translation. Kirsten Dunst plays the role very well and the performances given from the parents of the five elusive Lisbon sisters, Kathleen Turner and James Woods were very impressive. The film cleverly mirrors the pungeant adolescent anxieties and dark trails of obsession that are laced throughout the novel, however the film is less visceral and more hollywood than would've been preferred, Sofia polished most of the feeling out of the film, however the story and style forgive all the film's flaws.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2013
    Dark, fascinating, and beautifully filmed, The Virgin Suicides is a memorable and haunting Suburban flick. Its haunting cinematography and its nostalgic reflections on teen life and teen romance produce a work of art that is sad, yet nonetheless beautiful despite its challenging and bizarre storyline.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    From writer/director Sofia Coppola comes the period drama The Virgin Suicides. Based on an acclaimed novel, the story follows four sisters who, in the wake of their young sister's suicide, struggle to deal with their oppressive parents who attempt to shut them off from the outside world. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, and Kathleen Turner, the cast is impressive. The soundtrack is also quite good, and the film does an excellent job creating the look and feel of the '70s. However, the storytelling's a bit weak and doesn't have a clear focus. The Virgin Suicides is an interesting film, but it tries to do too much.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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