Matthew Lickona 4:30 p.m., May 20
Very Good Girls
The PR slaves at Tribeca Films want potential viewers to believe their latest release, Very Good Girls, spotlights a pact between two high school virgins, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, to enter college unchaste. All bets are off when the girls both set sight on the same sexy ice cream vendor (Boyd Holbrook). But instead of a Little Darlings reboot, screenwriter (Running on Empty,The Bee Season) and first-time director Naomi Foner proffers evidence to the contrary with this lovely coming-of age movie about the perils of not telling tell the truth. Fanning and Olsen are so good together one wishes this will be the first of many on-screen pairings. Still, it did take a scene or two to recover from the Jules and Jim poster tacked to Fanning’s wall — even at its best, this meaningful menage is more than a safe distance from Truffaut. 2013.
- "Meaningful ménage" • July 30, 2014