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1. This bizarrely perverse movie is part family drama, part comedy, and part... grotesque. I really wasn't sure how to feel about it when it was over.
2. It's about Pauline, a ragingly awkward, mentally disturbed young woman who has orgasms when she dreams about herself and others being mutilated.
3. She lives in a dysfunctional upper-class household. Her younger sister Grace is slowly dying from cystic fibrosis, her mother Phyllis (played wonderfully by ex-porn star Traci Lords) is a frigid, pious bitch who browbeats her husband Bob incessantly.
4. The actress that plays Pauline, AnnaLynne McCord, gives an extremely strong performance here. Simultaneously hard to watch but impossible to look away, and she brings a unique tension to her role that I haven't seen before.
5. Knowing that there is something wrong with Pauline, but not wanting to send her to a real doctor, Phyllis has Pauline go to therapy with a church pastor (when John Waters plays a reverend, you know the movie is weird). This causes everyone to miss the increasingly obvious signs that Pauline is headed for a terrible resolution to her delusional life.
6. Pauline tries to make sense of her life by talking to God, even though she doesn't believe in him.
7. The scene where Pauline loses her virginity is one of the more memorable "first-time" scenes ever put on film.
8. The humor in the film is genuinely funny, but it feels out of place, given the rest of the story. This may be intentional, since it just increases the general sense of awkwardness and unease. The script also has an unorthodox intelligence; some of the details in the movie don't really make sense until several scenes later.Read more ›
Anna Lynne McCord stars as Pauline, a disillusioned teen who dreams of being a surgeon one day but who has no plans of following what it takes to get there. She refuses to study, does everything in her power to make herself the outsider in her school and for the most part is just plain disagreeable. Pauline is what teens appear to be these days, a young person who dreams of glory and expects it to just happen.
Pauline's mother is completely different. Phyllis (Traci Lords) is a prim and proper home maker. Not quite June Cleaver, but she plans out her dinners, expects her children to eat at the table and not leave until excused and wants what is best for both of her daughters. Pauline's sister suffers from a disease that will eventually require her to have a lung replaced. Due to this ailment she usually gets preferential treatment. Her father is just a fixture in the house, rarely taking sides in any argument except to back his wife when she pushes the issue.
Pauline is a completely unlikable character in this film. Make up has provided her with the typical teenage zits problem, she doesn't comb her hair and she dresses in the drabbest way possible. She's an outsider who wants nothing to do with the other kids at school and the feeling is mutual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its too unreal i stic to tske seriously however if you like campy quirky movies that have moments of tongue in cheek its not a bad movie .. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
A sad tale of a mother who was abused by her mother and then carries it onto her daughter. (Abuse is not always physical). Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lilith VvvV
Great movie. Such an odd and sad story. Very interesting, although disturbing at times.Published 1 month ago by Alana
A very bloody and vicious attempt at camp. Keep this movie away from kids with Cystic Fibrosis.Published 1 month ago by Science Minded
A touching, heartfelt drama about a young aspiring surgeon and her race against time to save her sister from death - also she bashes a bubble-headed bleach blonde's head against a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bamboonga
Shockingly enough this isn't a bad film. The fantasy visuals are pretty stunning and this movie has a definite sense of humor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer