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Teen Spirit (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 19 April 2019 (USA)
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Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

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Max Minghella

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Max Minghella
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Violet
Agnieszka Grochowska ... Marla
Archie Madekwe ... Luke
Zlatko Buric ... Vlad
Millie Brady ... Anastasia
Vivian Oparah ... Kelli
Ria Zmitrowicz ... Hayley
Olive Gray ... Lisa
Andrew Ellis Andrew Ellis ... Roger
Charlie Mayhew Charlie Mayhew ... Choreographer
Marius De Vries ... Marcus
Elizabeth Berrington ... Lorene
Noof McEwan ... Bar Manager
John Locke ... Gary the Bartender
George Jovanovic ... Receptionist
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Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content, and for teen drinking and smoking | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Teen Spirit See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,620, 14 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$441,366, 25 April 2019
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2.39 : 1
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This is the directorial debut of Max Minghella. See more »

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Tattooed Heart
Written by Antonio Dixon, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Sean Foreman, Ariana Grande, Matthew Squire, Leon Thomas III and Khristopher Tynes
Performed by Clara Rugaard
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Elle Fanning's strong performance carries the movie
9 May 2019 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Teen Spirit" (2018 release from the UK; 92 min.) brings the story of violet. As the movie opens, we are told it is "The Isle of Wright, UK". Violet is singing in a pub on open mic night. Exactly one person pays attention, Vlad, who we later learned once was a note at opera singer in Croatia. Violets close knit family (originally from Poland) Wants her to focus on her church choir singing. But when the TV singing talent show Teen Spirit UK comes to town for open auditions, violet grabs her chance. With the help and mentoring from the flat, Violet enters the talent show. At this point we are 10 minutes into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you will just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this film is the writing and directing debut of Max Minghella, best known for his acting roles. Here he brings an all too familiar story, the likes of which we have seen many times before. In essence this is "A Star Is Born", UK teen version. With such utter predictability, you had better have a strong lead performance and enjoyable music. Thankfully the movie deliverance both: veteran actress Ellen Fanning, still on 21, frankly surprises with her confident singing. Anything short of that would have sunk the movie. The music is equally up to the task. Among the highlights are Fanning's performances of "I Was a Fool" (Tegan & Sara), Ellie Goulding's "Lights", Annie Lenox's "Little Bird" and, to top things of, a brand new song written by Carly Rae Jesper, "Wildflowers", playing at the grand finale of the Teen Sprit competition. Also keep your eyes open for Rebecca Hall's small and campy (but delicious) role as Jules, the "brains" behind the singing competition.

"Teen Spirit" premiered at last year's Toronto international film Festival, and it finally received a limited US theatrical release recently. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at turned out to be a private screening, as in: I literally was the only person in the theater. A darn shame. If you are in the mood for an entertaining and slick movie about a singing competition that features a strong lead performance from Elle Fanning, I would readily recommend you check this out, be at in the theater (doubtful at this point), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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