Saturday, January 17, 2015

Teens Only


Produced by: Temple Hill Entertainment
Director: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern and others
Pros: Good though incoherent story, fell-good
Cons: Slow, bad acting, goes nowhere
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

Before I review this, I must point out that a teenager raging with hormones would've found it more interesting - I was definitely not the target audience. Nonetheless, from my perspective, this was a nice but agonizingly boring movie. I could actually forward through several minutes of it without the scene changing!

The biggest thing that works for the film is that it has a feel-good story. Sure, it's full of loopholes (underage sex, underage drinking, parents turning a blind eye, non-existent law enforcement and the works) but the point is to make the audience feel all good in the right parts, and it worked. However, that's not really enough to cover up for the drawbacks, the biggest of which is that it's extremely slow. Clearly, Josh Boone has never heard of subtlety, where actors do not have to actually say every last thing on their mind but can simply express it with their faces. But then, the acting was pretty poor here and the director probably had trouble getting that level of skill out of them. A lose-lose situation, if ever!

Worst of all, the story, for all its nice-ness, goes absolutely nowhere and in fact, ends very abruptly. It's almost like the producer ran out of funding and asked the director to wrap up in a day! If you like these kind of movies, go ahead and watch it but I certainly do not recommend it. (OTFS)

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