I lasted 45 minutes. The back cover seemed interesting, but it didn't live up to the hype. This is a story of a pathological ephebophile seducing an innocent girl. Unlike Lolita, which was stunning, our main character (Peter) is a manipulative liar. He gets his kicks off getting away with lies. Our first introduction to him in the rain is probably a calculated lie, every interaction with the parents is a lie. In fact, it's all about him and what he wants. He doesn't seem to care about this girl or the fact that he is wrecking her life. It's pathetic.
Peter's "friend's" girlfriend is the only one with any sense. She sees that Jenny is just a kid, but everyone else around her treats her like she belongs. Nobody bats an eye at the totally inappropriate coupling of an old man with a teenager.
I thought Carrey Mulligan, who plays Jenny, did a good job of making her goofy and innocent. She made me remember what it was like to want to be grown and have no clue what it meant.
What made me turn it off is that the whole thing just disgusted me. I couldn't sit there and watch a narcissist molest a young girl. The difference between this and Lolita is that Humbert was conflicted and in his way, he loved Lolita. There were so many human elements that made the viewer sympathize. Peter is just purely manipulative and selfish.
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