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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2000 (USA)
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.

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A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to... Written by Huggo

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$235,122 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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$4,859,475 (USA) (25 August 2000)
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The father refers to his model airplane as a B model North American P-51 Mustang in British service, however, the model aircraft is actually a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. See more »

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Tim Weiner: What we have here is a dreamer. Someone completely out of touch with reality.
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Vacuous Drivel
3 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

What did I learn from nearly two hours in the theater? Was it that "Neighborhood boys discover their sexuality and delve into the mysteries of womanhood through their friendships with five sisters"? A resounding no! I did learn that if you have a cruel, repressed and possibly religious mother all hell can break loose and the children may commit suicide, rather than stay locked up in their rooms for all eternity.

Nothing in the film struck me as being true (except possibly John Woods' performance). The dialogue was trite, bordering on embarassing. Apart from the suicides, the story is hackneyed and lacking in any insights. The boys who ponder the circumstances of the sisters' deaths have nothing to add to the movie. Even they say that after 20 or so years they have no answers to the haunting questions surrounding the suicides. So what is the point?

Give me a break. One of the very worst movies I've seen - ever.


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