Review: I wasn't a big fan of this film! I found it quite boring and the storyline didn't go anywhere. The film is basically about Minnie (Bel Powley), who is sleeping with her mother's boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), and finds it hard to deal with her personal insecurities. As she lost her virginity with Monroe, she starts to explore with sex whilst sneaking around with Monroe behind her mother, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig), back. Apart from that, there isn't much going on that I found that interesting! The acting is quite good and the 70's backdrop, in San Francisco, is done well but I personally didn't find the characters interesting. Minnie gets fed up with pursuing a relationship with Monroe after a while and Monroe feels guilty about sleeping with a teenager, while her mum just seems lost in a world of drugs and alcohol. For people of Minnie's age who are going through there teenage years, I can see the attraction for this movie but I lost interest after the first sexual act between Minnie and Monroe. The relationship between Minnie and her father, Pascal (Christopher Meloni), was quite interesting but the director chose to give most of the screen time to the Minnie, Monroe relationship, with Minnie narrating her feelings throughout the movie. Anyway, I didn't really enjoy it that much but I can see the appeal for other audiences. Disappointing!
Round-Up: England born, Bel Powley, 23, recently starred in A Royal Night Out, as the Queen in her young years, and she starred in a few episodes of Benidorm. She also stars in Equals, alongside Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult and Guy Pearce, so the projects are starting to pick up since her debut in the Whistleblowers, the Bill and M.I. High in 2007. She has a unique style of acting which is intriguing and innocent, and when she starts to get herself together in this film, she shows a powerful side to her character, we're she can take control. Anyway, this is the first major release for director, Marielle Heller, 36, who didn't do a bad job for her first project but it still made a lose at the box office. I'm sure she will gain respect for this movie, from a certain type of audience, because there is a lot of material that many teenagers can relate to but sadly, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Budget: $2million Worldwide Gross: $1.8million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their romantic/drama's starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Miranda Bailey and Christopher Meloni. 3/10
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