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Very Good Girls -- Home for one last New York summer, best friends Lily and Gerry make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college, but when they both fall for the same handsome artist and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested.

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Release Date:
25 September 2014 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
When we lose our innocence, we have to find ourselves.
Plot:
Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An experience that sours the longer it goes on, when it becomes clear that love and lust have taken the place of character development and depth. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dakota Fanning ... Lilly

Elizabeth Olsen ... Gerri

Sterling Jones ... Beach Boy

Lenny Platt ... Beach Boy

Boyd Holbrook ... David

Ellen Barkin ... Norma

Kiernan Shipka ... Eleanor

Clare Foley ... Phoebe
Roslyn Curry ... Joy

Clark Gregg ... Edward

Demi Moore ... Kate

Richard Dreyfuss ... Danny

Owen Campbell ... Karl

Peter Sarsgaard ... Fitzsimmons
Brandin Steffesen ... Dancer
James Jenner ... Field Family Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Finise Avery ... Friend (uncredited)
Katelynn Bailey ... Jackie (uncredited)

Ari Barkan ... Beachgoer (uncredited)
Mackie Burt ... Myra (uncredited)

Chris J. Cullen ... Shriner (uncredited)

Alex Galper ... Man in the Shower (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Friend at Barbecue (uncredited)

Nick Nappy ... Businessman (uncredited)

Kirill Nikiforov ... Man by the Train (uncredited)

Directed by
Naomi Foner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Naomi Foner 

Produced by
Bonnie Bentley .... associate producer
Lee Clay .... executive producer
Peter D. Graves .... executive producer
Evan Herrick .... co-producer
Howard Herrick .... co-producer
Michael Herrick .... co-producer
Norton Herrick .... producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... executive producer
Hawk Koch .... executive producer
Susan Leber .... line producer
Michael London .... producer
Jamie Morris .... associate producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... producer
Joe Surace .... associate producer
Bergen Swanson .... line producer: additional photography
Janice Williams .... producer
Brian Zeilinger .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jenny Lewis 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hafitz 
Devin Maurer 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
 
Art Direction by
Lisa Myers 
 
Set Decoration by
Graham Wichman 
 
Costume Design by
David Tabbert 
 
Makeup Department
Erin Ayanian .... makeup for Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin
Eldo Ray Estes .... key makeup artist
Handri Gunawan .... hair stylist
Sarah Hindsgaul .... hair department head
Jennifer Johnson .... personal hair for ellen barkin
Gina Leone .... additional hair stylist
Rosemary Redlin .... makeup artist
James Sarzotti .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Quinlan Orear .... assistant unit manager
David Velasco .... assistant production manager: additional photography
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bobby Kennedy .... second assistant director: additional photography
Brendan C. Lynch .... second second assistant director
Justin Ritson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Adrien Blanc .... on set dresser
James Boxer .... art department pa
Jenn Bubka .... property master
Natalie Campos .... prop pa
Thomas A. Delillo .... leadman
Joe Fugallo .... art department production assistant (as Joseph Fugallo)
Cara Gelbard .... art department pa
Laura Lerner .... charge scenic
Vanessa Riegel .... graphic designer
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Josh Vogel .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Shawn Allen .... additional boom operator
Sean Garnhart .... sound editor
David Goodheart .... audio production assistant
Perry Levy .... adr recordist
Kym Lukacs .... sound intern
Teferra McKenzie .... additional sound mixer
Eric Milano .... foley artist
Eric Milano .... m&e re-recording mixer
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Matt Snedecor .... sound editor
Theo Tiedemann .... sound intern (as Rachel Tiedemann)
Steven Tollen .... sound executive producer: Sound
 
Visual Effects by
Joseph Bell .... visual effects producer: CoSA VFX
Jake Braver .... visual effects supervisor
Mark A. Davis .... digital compositor
Greg Dora .... Nuke artist: CoSA VFX
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Seth Martin .... visual effects artist
Joseph Oberle .... digital compositor
Clark Parkhurst .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Allison Paul .... visual effects coordinator: Lola Visual Effects
Dan Schrecker .... visual effects supervisor: Look FX
Stephen T. Spurlock .... digital compositor
Anne Trotman .... digital compositor
Jarryd Watts .... compositor: CoSA VFX
Joe Hobaica .... visual effects producer: Prime Focus Film (uncredited)
Erin Perkins .... visual effects coordinator: CoSA VFX (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shilpi Shikha Agrawal .... camera intern (as Shilpi Agrawal)
Michael J. Burke .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Michael Burke)
Craig Catolane .... dolly grip
Boris Cifuentes .... electrician (additional)
Ron Egozi .... camera operator
Andrew Engert .... electrician
Michael Fuchs .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Fuchs .... steadicam operator
Christopher D. Jones .... best boy grip
Linda Kallerus .... additional still photographer
Eugene Koh .... camera intern
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer
Somer Stamps Mojica .... loader (as Somer Stamps)
Tod Olivieri .... electrician
Aaron Randall .... key grip
Eve Strickman .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jason Velez .... gaffer
Julien Zeitouni .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Arthur Dutkanicz .... extras casting
Jon Goracy .... casting assistant
Zachary Luke Kislevitz .... casting intern
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting
Laurie Muller .... extras casting
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Barrand .... tailor
Kieran R. Carroll .... costume p.a.
Colleen Ehrlich .... assistant costume designer
Stephanie Farah .... set costumer
Liza James .... wardrobe supervisor
Hollie Nadel .... wardrobe supervisor
Antoinette Scherer .... key costumer
Amy L. Teets .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
John Kleber .... chief technologist
Devin Maurer .... additional editor
Paloma Mele .... assistant editor
Rhonda L. Moore .... digital intermediate producer
Austen Saltz .... editorial assistant
Jane Tones .... assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo .... senior digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Trish Gray .... assistant location manager
Jimmy Hang .... location assistant
 
Music Department
Tiffany Anders .... music consultant
Cara Batema .... score technical consultant
John M. Davis .... music editor
Howard Herrick .... Executive Music Producer
Jenny Lewis .... music supervisor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Howard Paar .... music consultant
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Kent Verderico .... additional score engineer
 
Other crew
Michael Bass .... production assistant
Oliver Brooks .... production assistant
Kevin Chang .... first assistant accountant
Thomas Deming-Henes .... production assistant
Karen Gehres .... epk field producer
Laurie Gershon .... product placement and clearances
Nicole Kalish .... Unit Publicist
Dee Dee Katchen .... staff set production assistant
Andrew J. Lee .... production assistant (as Andrew Lee)
Lindsey Lefkow .... production coordinator
Jason Leung .... production assistant
Elle Lipson .... assistant: Janice Williams
Juliana Lubin .... international sales executive
Charles Miller .... office production assistant
Jamie Morris .... production accountant
Cyrus Moussavi .... assistant to director
Saliym Mulrain .... production assistant
Andy Nguyen .... unit p.a.
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
Drew Ritson .... production assistant
Julie Robinson .... script supervisor
CarloVito Santangelo .... key set production assistant
William Sepulveda .... key craft service
Jenna Sheets .... payroll accountant
Shary Shirazi .... assistant to Mr London
Constantine P. Stamos .... craft service
Eugene Stamos .... key craft service
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Kelly Walton .... production assistant
Jennifer Glasgow .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dylan Tichenor .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual content (re-rating) (2014)
Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Germany:6 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (re-rating) (2014)

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Trivia:
Though not at the same time, both Fanning and Olsen attended the same private high school in Studio City, Los Angeles.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Lilly comes home from the beach at the beginning of the movie, she tells her mother that she had gone to Brighton Beach. Her sister expresses surprise that she had gone all the way to Rockaway. Rockaway is nowhere near Brighton Beach.See more »
Quotes:
Lilly:I'm afraid of dying.
David:I'm afraid of not doing anything while I'm still here.
Lilly:I don't think there's much chance of that.
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An experience that sours the longer it goes on, when it becomes clear that love and lust have taken the place of character development and depth., 1 December 2014
Author: shawneofthedead from http://shawneofthedead.wordpress.com/

First-time directors don't typically draw a cast with this much potential and talent. For Very Good Girls, Naomi Foner has managed to snag two of the hottest young actresses in the business right now - Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen - and surrounded them with the likes of Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Clark Gregg. The more cynical among us would put this casting coup down to Foner's Hollywood connections: she's penned a few screenplays in her time, but is best known as the mother of thespian siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It's a shame that the final product doesn't dispel these suspicions. The film's awkward love/lust triangle never really convinces, and Very Good Girls spends most of its running time meandering aimlessly through the lives of characters who remain stubbornly opaque and unlikeable.

Lilly (Fanning) and Gerry (Olsen) are best friends who've grown up together, taking refuge in each other's houses when life gets too complicated in their own homes. It's their final summer together, and both girls make a pact to lose their virginity before Lilly goes off to college. Enter David (Boyd Holbrook), an artist who enchants both girls with his good looks and charm. As Gerry develops an outsized crush on David, Lilly plunges into a relationship with him - one that she awkwardly keeps a secret from her best friend. When tragedy strikes, Lilly is overcome by guilt, and the life-long friendship that binds the two girls together is sorely tested.

The trouble with Very Good Girls is that it's built around a tired old trope - two girls fight and fall out over the love of one guy - but fails to find anything refreshing to say about it. Foner's screenplay, for all that it's written by a woman, gives little to no real insight into either girl. Lilly, in particular, feels like a hollow shell drifting through the paces of her narrative, never really connecting with either David or her sketchy, amorous boss Fitzsimmons (Peter Sarsgaard - Foner's son-in-law). It doesn't help that David, as played by the stoically colourless Holbrook, is a walking cliché - in a scene meant to pass for deeply romantic, he actually makes Lilly read him poetry by Sylvia Plath in his dingy artist's loft.

Far more interesting are the home lives Foner has constructed around the two girls. Lilly struggles to come to terms with her father Edward (Gregg) cheating on her uptight mother Norma (Barkin), and migrates to Gerry's considerably more cheery, argumentative home, presided over by the loving but loud Danny (Dreyfuss) and Kate (Moore). There's so much more here to be explored: the way the two families intersect, and how these connections feed into the girls' friendship, lives and personalities. Unfortunately, Foner shoves it all into the background, focusing instead on the unfortunate love/lust triangle that's sprung up around Lilly, Gerry and David.

Foner's cast is, at least, worth the watch, although they don't quite manage to completely salvage the film or their characters. Fanning plays Lilly as tremulously lost, and Olsen lends her own charms to an otherwise paper-thin character who feels more like a plot device than a person. Barkin comes off best out of the entire adult cast, unearthing a little of the sorrow that haunts a woman whose husband has been conducting an affair in their own home.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who watches Very Good Girls that the movie was written twenty years ago. In many ways, the film feels hopelessly outdated. Foner makes minor edits to the script to update it to the present, which largely involve Lilly never charging her mobile phone so that she can only be contacted on a landline. But, in the larger scheme of things, the film seems out of touch with the girls of its title, miring them in adolescent angst over the same boy while failing to make them stand on their own as characters.

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