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An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn’t worth the hassle. Say what? I’m “biast” (pro): love Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning; we need to see this premise more
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Very boring girls, more like. I really wanted to like this tale of two best friends, Lilly (Dakota Fanning: Night Moves) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen: Godzilla), in New York City about to go off to different colleges and fretting about the fact that they’re both still virgins. I mean, that’s not really a big deal, even if they’ve convinced themselves that they’re the last sexless dorks on the planet, but okay: guy characters get these sorts of movies all the time. And this is as tedious as most of the guy versions. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Boyfriend Experience: Foner’s Directorial Debut a Derivative Shard
Screenwriter Naomi Foner makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, though her preceding reputation makes this sedimentary, uninspired film even more surprising. Mother of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Foner penned several of ex-husband Stephen Gyllenhaal’s more notable titles, such as Losing Isaiah (1995) and A Dangerous Woman (1993). Considering the authoritative, complicated, and resilient female characters portrayed famously by the likes of Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, and Debra Winger, this trifling and tedious story of a late adolescent friendship tested by mutual attraction to the same boy seems born from the pen of a novice writing about her only familiar focal point,
In New York City during their last summer before going away to college, best friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) vow to lose their virginity. Gerri has her eyes set on David (Boyd Holbrook), who »
- Nicholas Bell
Very Good Girls is a coming-of-age story starring two of the most talented young actresses out there today, so why is it so very hard to like? Almost nothing works in this limp excuse for a drama, from the contrived story to the clichéd characters to the awkward costume design. Even Elizabeth Olsen, horribly miscast, and Dakota Fanning, so vacant she appears translucent, can’t keep such a leaky vessel afloat.
Among Very Good Girls‘ many sins, perhaps the most glaring is that it feels like a movie written for teenagers by an adult who knows nothing about them. In the very first scene, high school seniors and lifelong friends Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) strip down at a public beach in broad daylight and run naked into the waves. I don’t know why. I don’t think writer-director Naomi Foner knows why. The film is filled with bizarre decisions like that, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The year was 1999 and by the summer, teen films were all the rage. The year kicked off with two unexpected box office successes, Varsity Blues and She’s All That, before studios started pumping out hit after hit. In the same year, Drop Dead Gorgeous, a dark comedy about teenage girls competing in a local Minnesota beauty pageant, bombed at the box office. Unable to capture the same excitement as American Pie or 10 Things I Hate About You, the film quickly disappeared from theaters after earning a dismal $10.5 million at the box office.
It was only later, when released on DVD and VHS, did the movie become a cult classic. Similarly to Jawbreaker, which also came out in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous proved to be a pivotal film — introducing audiences to Amy Adams, making use of the mockumentary style — even if it was overlooked at the time.
On the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release, »
- Stacy Lambe
Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work. Lifelong friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) have just graduated from their Brooklyn high school. Lilly is headed to Yale, Gerri is a budding songwriter, and both are virgins. Gerri develops a crush on David (Boyd Holbrook), a photographer-waiter who seduces Lilly, leading to a summertime romance she's afraid to reveal.
Very Good Girls is the directorial debut of Naomi Foner, whose Oscar-nominated script for Running on Empty (1988), starring the late River Phoenix, is a thing of beauty. At age 68, Foner has stepped behind the camera, which is great, but she's written herself a script that's painfully trite.
Lilly's mother (Ellen Barkin) is a shrewish »
Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
In the new movie Very Good Girls, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play teenage best friends who spend one long, lazy summer seducing the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Olsen, however, doesn't realize that Fanning is fooling around with her new beau; Fanning is keeping it a secret from everyone, as you'll see in this exclusive clip, where she embarks on a scandalous shower hookup with Holbrook even as she carries on a conversation with her mother (Ellen Barkin), who's just outside the bathroom door. (If you feel bad for Olsen, since her screen Bf is secretly canoodling with her screen Bff, know that she won the battle in real life: Olsen and Holbrook got engaged this year after two years of dating.) Very Good Girls is currently available on VOD, and it'll be out in theaters July 25. »
- Kyle Buchanan
While doing press for his upcoming drama Libertador (a.k.a. The Liberator), actor Édgar Ramírez revealed new details about two upcoming projects, the Point Break remake, where he takes over the Bodhi role originated by Patrick Swayze, and Hands of Stone, where he stars as boxing legend Roberto Durán alongside Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel.
The new version of Point Break is set in the world of extreme sports, and while he wouldn't divulge too many details about his version of Bodhi, Édgar Ramírez revealed how much he loves Kathryn Bigelow's original Point Break, while revealing that production starts in three weeks.
"I'm very excited to be playing this character. I will start in three weeks, principal photography. It's been a teenage fantasy of mine to play Bodhi. It's one of my favorite movies and I'm a huge fan. I remember when I first met Kathryn Bigelow, »
Sneak Peek footage and images from writer/director Naomi Foner's new 'coming-of-age' drama "Very Good Girls", starring Elizabeth Olsen ("Avengers: Age Of Ultron"), Dakota Fanning, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard and Clark Gregg:
"....best friends 'Lily' (Fanning) and 'Gerry' (Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college.
"But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook)...
"... and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Very Good Girls"...
- Michael Stevens
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Very Good Girls" film, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard, Clark Gregg, and Ellen Barkin. Check it out below. Plot: Best friends Lily (Fanning) and Gerry (Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. The new movie is written and directed by Naomi Foner and is set to be released on iTunes on June 24th and select theaters on July 25th. Trailer: »
The trailer reveals the story of two best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. Infatuated by the same man (Boyd Holbrook) the two friends find their relationship tested. The film received underwhelming reviews from Sundance; however, with the rising lead stars this film should be given a fair chance.
Very Good Girls will be available on iTunes June 24th and opens in Us theatres July 25th.
Source: Collider »
- Ciham Messouki
Ready to take a trip down memory lane?Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star in the new coming-of-age drama "Very Good Girls," where the on-screen Bff's explore young adulthood -- trying an array of new experiences together, from skinny dipping to plotting to lose their virginity before they start college. Check out the trailer above! Directed by Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal's mom Naomi Foner, "Very Good Girls" also boasts a pretty A-list cast. Fanning and Olsen star alongside Demi Moore, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Barkin. The film tells the story of two young girls from New York who make a pact to both loose their virginity after graduating high school, but things take a turn for the worst when the pals fall for the same ice cream vendor/street artist (Boyd Holbrook). While we'll have to wait and see who gets him in the flick, »
- tooFab Staff
Two best friends find their relationship put to the ultimate test in the first trailer for Very Good Girls, the latest from director Naomi Foner (Losing Isaiah). Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star as Lily and Gerry, who vow to lose their virginity before leaving for college, although their longtime friendship is strained when they both fall for the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard and Clark Gregg round out an all-star cast in this indie drama, debuting on iTunes and VOD formats June 24 before arriving in theaters July 25.
Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. With Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, »
Even though it could just as easily be the set up for a raunchy, slapstick sex comedy, first time director Naomi Foner (Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom) has chosen a more elegant, subdued path in her examination of female friendship, jealously and betrayal on the edge of adulthood. Jenny Lewis even provided the music.
- Lindsey Bahr
Elizabeth Olsen is rapidly becoming a more widely known talent thanks to her performance in Legendary’s Godzilla, and this summer she’ll be back in a starring role for the indie drama Very Good Girls, alongside Dakota Fanning. The film premiered at Sundance 18 months back and it’s been gathering dust ever since, but Tribeca Film and Well Go Entertainment are finally unveiling it this summer, with an iTunes release followed by a next-day theatrical run. Now, the first trailer for Very Good Girls has hit the web.
In the film, directed by Naomi Foner, Olsen and Fanning star as college-bound friends who, after making a pact to lose their virginity over the summer, fall in love with the same street artist (Boyd Holbrook) and find themselves in conflict for the first time. Reviews out of Sundance weren’t terrible but also weren’t exactly warm, so this one »
- Isaac Feldberg
Many of us would kill to be best friends with Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, but maybe not so much in Naomi Foner's directorial debut, "Very Good Girls." In this first trailer for the film, we are introduced to Lilly (Fanning) and Gerry (Olsen), two best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity the summer before they leave for college. Unfortunately, they both end up falling for a suave street artist (Boyd Holbrook). Naturally, trouble ensues. While "Very Good Girls" seems like a rather formulaic coming-of-age story, we can only hope that the excellent supporting cast, which includes Clark Gregg, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard and Ellen Barkin can elevate the material to something not so generic. "Very Good Girls" opens in theaters on July 25. Mg Film is in charge of distribution. Check out the trailer below: »
- Eric Eidelstein
The first Very Good Girls trailer for first-time writer/director Naomi Foner’s upcoming drama has been released online. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as two best friends who, while home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. Complications arise when they both start seeing the same man (Boyd Holbrook), which begins to test their lifelong friendship. The film looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama with two talented actresses in the lead roles, but reviews from its Sundance debut last year were underwhelming to say the least. That said, there is a silver lining in that Jenny Lewis wrote the original music. Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Olsen and Fanning. The film also stars Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, »
- Adam Chitwood
Robert, meet Robert. Robert De Niro is set to join Robert Pattinson in "Idol's Eye," a "sophisticated heist action/thriller" from director Olivier Assayas, who most recently helmed the Cannes drama "Clouds of Sils Maria" with Pattinson's "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart (review). Plot details for the film, which is set to begin shooting in Chicago and Toronto in October, are being kept under wraps at this time. De Niro last appeared in the boxing comedy "Grudge Match" opposite Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Hart. Coming up he'll be seen in "Hands of Stone" co-starring Edgar Ramirez, Usher and Ellen Barkin. Are you excited to see De Niro and Pattinson in the same film? Let us know in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Tribeca Film will release the film in the Us in June on VOD and theatrically starting on July 25.
Very Good Girls tells of two girls whose determination to lose their virginity is put to the test when they fall for the same person
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Mick Jagger sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" at a celebrity-filled memorial service Friday for his longtime companion, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed suicide in March. The service, held at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, included words of tribute from Jagger as well as Scott's brother, Randy Bambrough; her good friend actress Ellen Barkin; fashion personality André Leon Talley; and actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a statement from Jagger's publicist Vicki Scarfone. Poems were shared by Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, and Jagger's son, James Jagger. The Rolling Stones rocker's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23. Besides »
- Associated Press
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