Very Good Girls
Directed by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
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.
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★★★½ review by Am Y on Letterboxd
My stars are mostly for the immensely likeable Elisabeth Olsen and her gorgeous boho hippie wardrobe (I have never coveted ethnic print housecoats and big gem rings this much!). There is a story here, but it is bare-bones and simplistic, and doesn't resonate much. But the characters are well-played and the setting atmospheric & well-defined, with a beautiful "summer vibrance" tone to it.
★★★½ review by Tiago Cardoso on Letterboxd
When we lose our innocence, we have to find ourselves.
A nostalgic look at girls on the cusp of womanhood exploring the experience of growing up from a young woman’s POV.
Really liked the color palette.
★★★½ review by amandarose on Letterboxd
"People aren't perfect, kiddo. They make mistakes. Sometimes it's harder to forgive yourself than to get somebody else to do it. But, people will surprise you."
★★★½ review by Jason on Letterboxd
It's nice to see films about strong female friendships. I get frustrated in romantic films when friendships like that are treated in a superficial way, and don't seem real. The chemistry between Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen is really good and is written in a naturalistic way. Unfortunately a guy does come between them and things start to go off the edge a bit, but it does ultimately emphasise the meaning of their friendship and I dug it.
★★★½ review by elias1026 on Letterboxd
MOVIE A DAY FOR A YEAR - DAY 334
I can't exactly say why, maybe it's her energy, but I simply cannot get enough of Elizabeth Olsen. I have seen many a sub-par film solely to see her in it, which I think is a dedication and commitment that should be in some way acknowledged by Elizabeth herself.
Very Good Girls is most definitely what a pretentious person might call, "an acquired taste," but I, for one, cannot understand why someone wouldn't love it. The chemistry onscreen in every scene, between every character, except, very fittingly and purposefully, the parents of Dakota Fanning's character, is positively magical to watch. Fanning and Olsen make a fantastic paring in this film, that I believe to be extremely underrated. Make another movie together guyssss!.
I'm not one to write much, even if it is about movies, my only true friends in this life, so I now sign off, wishing you all well-watching.
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