But now to convince her dad that David isn't merely taking advantage of her naiveté…

Of course, convincing Jenny's parents that he's worthy of her affection (and my is she ever smitten with him!) isn't quite so easy. But somehow, some way, David is just that smooth and clever, and he eventually convinces Jenny's parents that a trip to Paris is a good idea. Before long, Jenny is so twisted around David's little finger, that she's even reconsidering going to college at Oxford, something that was always part of her life plan.

Unlike many movies that almost "tell" the viewer how to feel about situations that aren't exactly black and white, the character development, not to mention the dialogue, never gets preachy or feels overly simplistic, a quality that ultimately makes this story refreshingly relevant and relatable.

Sure, it would've definitely been even more satisfying to have an ending that provided a little more finality, not to mention a more decisive statement from Jenny on what she learned from everything that went down (and plenty goes down with a few twists that I won't reveal). That preference aside, however, the movie is still a mostly enjoyable educational experience, highlighted with appealing cinematography and quality acting. If anything, the consequences of our choices are explored in depth, which is always a valuable lesson in the age of more mindless cinematic fare.
 
CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking. Plus there's smoking, which characters engage in all throughout the movie, even Jenny, who is just a teenager.
  • Language/Profanity:  Very mild for a PG-13 movie—a couple of expletives and instances where God's name is misused.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Jenny gives up her virginity to David on her 17th birthday. No nudity is shown, save for a glimpse of her back when she's disrobing.
  • Morality/Worldview:  Jenny lies about her whereabouts repeatedly to her parents in order to sustain her burgeoning relationship. She is also deceptive and disrespectful of authority. David and Daniel finance their lavish lifestyle by stealing, and clearly they'd do just about anything to keep the money flowing.
  • Violence:  Nothing that's not of a comedic nature.

  

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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