|Starring:||Sharon Wilkins, Rachel Corr, Valerie Shusterov, Will Denton, David Castro, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin, Shayna Levine, Hannah Freiman, Debra Monk|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Sep 2005|
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Dark satireBy Melon from East Sussex , 29 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This latest work from Todd Solondz ('Happiness', 'Welcome to the Dollhouse') is as darkly funny, twisted and sharp as his previous movies. Again he plays with paedophilia in a way that is both disturbing and intensely satirical. At first the main gimmick of having the central character of Aviva played by a different actor in each segment is irritating, but does highlight certain issues as it progresses. As ever Solondz loves pricking at the hypocrisy of American society, (which is probably why child abuse is often a topic of his films) and is certainly the most ruthless film-maker around. This isn't as good as 'Happiness' but still worth a watch. A word to the uninitiated though - it should be taken as a comedy (and is very witty as such) but definitely not one for the easily offended.
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Hmmmm...thinks...ouch...By a customer from Sandy , 17 Jan 2009If you like films that make you think, this is worth seeing. It is confusing to have the protagonist played by so many actors, but you can get into it - the title headings help.I assumed that Aviva was adopted at first, but whether she's meant to be or not, that's fairly irrelevant to the story being told. It's not about good guys & bad guys, rather it's about people & their contradictions, eg, 'pro-life' murderers. It's loosely a sequel to 'Welcome to the Dollhouse', & has some of the same characters, though not all on screen. Definitely 1 I'd watch again.
What was this about? (No stars really)By Janiz Murray from Stratford, London, England , 09 Jan 2009This film is wymsical rubbish. If it is about anti-abortion I was not convinced. If it had a message it was above my head plus the really bad acting was insulting. Who wasted money making this film. What a load of c..p!!!!!
Wow! This is a difficult, challenging film.By a customer from London , 17 Dec 2008If you don't know anything about Todd Solondz, then you might want to read up on his films before thinking about renting this one. It is challenging, on several different levels. Solondz seems to delight in shocking his audiences with difficult, uncomfortable, often taboo subject matter. If you want your preconceptions challenged, if you want to have to think a lot about the film you are watching, if you don't mind being confronted with some really tough subject matter, then you might just like this film. It is not an 'easy' film or some mindless entertainment. In fact, it was a little too much for me, and I did not completely enjoy the experience. But, I do respect a film-maker that makes you engage parts of your brain that other movies just never reach. I will probably watch this again at some point in the future (perhaps when my daughter is grown up and has managed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, abortion, or running away from home) when I am more prepared to tackle this material.
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odd & facinatingBy blabla (68 reviews) from Sandy , 16 Oct 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideConfusing to have the protagonist played by so many actresses, but definitely interesting & gave us something to talk about. I wd definitely watch it again sometime. Interesting how some reviewers were scandalised by the paedophilia, but didn't mention the murder! But both are crimes committed by human beings, not 'monsters'.
Watchable but disposableBy a customer from London , 15 Oct 2008I found this film fairly watchable and funny in parts with the same kind of humour that is found in other films from the same director. On the other hand I didn't feel that he had added much to his previous efforts and there was a sense in which his trademark nastyness and fascination with child sexuality and uncomfortably damaged people searching for (an illusion of) love has begun to wear slightly thin. The one main difference from Happiness and Welcome To The Dollhouse to this was that the main character was played by several different actors who didn't look at all similar. Presumably this was some comment on the way that children can be invisible to society or something along those lines but it ended up feeling like little more than a gimmick.