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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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A display of empty characterization in a film that needed that one key ingredient See more (23 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
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
Bergen Swanson .... line producer: additional photography
Janice Williams .... producer
Brian Zeilinger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jenny Lewis 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hafitz 
 
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
Rachel Tiedemann .... sound intern
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)
 
Music Department
Tiffany Anders .... music consultant
Cara Batema .... score technical consultant
John M. Davis .... music editor
Howard Herrick .... Executive Music Producer
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
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
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Thomas Deming-Henes .... production assistant
Karen Gehres .... epk field producer
Laurie Gershon .... product placement and clearances
Trish Gray .... assistant location manager
Jimmy Hang .... location assistant
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 to Ms. Williams
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:
Field Family Friend:[eulogizing] All right, folks. We all know Danny was a man of, and for the people. He also was a sexy son-of-a-bitch.See more »
Soundtrack:
Deep Sea WadingSee more »

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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A display of empty characterization in a film that needed that one key ingredient, 23 September 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Very Good Girls is the worst kind of film in the regard that its poster and trailer allude to the idea that it will be covering loftier subjects in the realm of teen angst, but it isn't until one finally sees the film that they realize that every preconceived notion they had about the film turned out to be a product of wishful, optimistic thinking. Very Good Girls is a tiresome retread of clichés and sterile filmmaking, one without wit or insight into the life of a teenager, and constructing characters out of thin, threadbare personality traits without ever giving them opportunities to expand into something greater.

It doesn't stop there; it also places two strong talents at the core of its mediocrity. One of whom is Elizabeth Olsen, who has been on a roll with such fantastic films that she really doesn't have time for a film like this. Alongside Olsen is Dakota Fanning, a considerably successful child actor who has had a rather rough time finding adult roles now that she has moved on from her childhood career. The two play best friends Lily and Gerry, both of whom home for one last summer in their homestate of New York. Upset that they are practically the only two people who still hold their virginity, they make a pact to lose it before leaving for college. After a day at the beach, they fall in love with the first guy they say, a misunderstood, crabby soul by the name of David (Boyd Holbrook) who, despite his surly attitude when they first meet, turns out to be a quietly romantic guy, who enjoys poetry. The two begin the long, tireless task of trying to maintain a relationship with this guy behind each others back, while occasionally returning home to fight or disagree with their parents, where the film misses another bold opportunity at characterization.

To begin with, we already know so desperately little about Lily or Gerry other than they're attractive, life-long collegians who are virgins and detest the fact they are virgins. Other than that, they are as vacant as characters can be, and given this film was written and directed by a female begs the question why Naomi Foner didn't take the route of humanizing her characters. In a sea of films that seem to get adolescents wrong, particularly the females, Foner had a chance to develop female characters rich with feelings and ideas, but instead opts for them to have nothing more on their mind than some personally-lacking blonde guy who they fall head over heals in lust with for reasons never truly outlined. If a male had written and directed this film, we'd be deploring every grating opportunity to simplify these characters into outlets striving for basic human gratification and nothing more.

As stated before, even Lily and Gerry's parents have no personality to speak of, with Lily's parents having a more hardened, regressive attitude and Gerry's being more loose and liberal. Conversations between the girls and their parents last for no longer than two minutes and bear nothing in the way of identification but rather patient-testing oversimplification. Nobody in this film has an identity, and as a film about the sexual awakening of two lifelong best friends, I don't think it's wrong to expect a film that would be something in the way of deep and contemplative.

Very Good Girls is, in some ways, a poor man's version of the brilliant Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit!, which concerned a fifteen-year-old girl experiencing a rampant sexual awakening, full of dirty fantasies and prolific masturbation. The film showed the darker side of adolescent sexuality in a blatant manner, never sugarcoating or shortchanging and always looking to humanize and provide a lens of empathy and understanding. Very Good Girls, in comparison and on its own, is an abysmal display of emptiness in one of its most contemptible forms.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Boyd Holbrook. Directed by: Naomi Foner.

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