A mature Fanny
Dakota Fanning is now old enough to play the role of the older sister and it freaks me out. Witnessing a child actor, one much younger than me, mature into a young adult is a monumental event in life. It feels like a sign post, displaying the passage of time (much more than my 21st birthday ever felt). Well, this article isn't about the devastating impact of witnessing a child actor growing up. Nor is it about the slightly unnerving feeling of finding a girl attractive that you can't see without unseeing her performances from younger years.
This is an article about Very Good Girls. This is not an article about Dakota Fanning, though she is one of the best parts of it. OK, now let's talk about Dakota Fanning.
Very Good Girls
Right now, I'm struggling with describing Fanning's luscious bum as a white piece of chocolate or an effervescent bar of soap that smells like vanilla. [I am writing this review on an airplane, free of wifi; free of IMDB; free of the ability to look up Fanning's age and make sure I am not suggesting I rub her butt on my face, if that butt belongs to a girl younger than 18, indeed.] I will cherish this bum, because it's one of the few things that will keep most man-bums in the seat, during the duration of Very Good Girls: a film deserving of many adjectives but most deserving of GIRLY.
It's the details that make Very Good Girls both endearing and laughably idealistic. Whatever the opposite of sexist and male gaze is, is whatever this film is. Ice cream guy has a way of appearing in the driveway, the doorway, or the windowsill at oppurtune moments for Lily. He'd be an unwanted stalker if he weren't so gosh darn good looking. What else we know about him, other than he wants this girl, isn't much. He's an artist, a romantic, and committed: The girl doesn't want more, so why should more be given to the audience?
It's easy to make fun of Very Good Girls. It's so optimistic, pure of heart, and simple. I dare to attribute those features as feminine, but there's an angry mob shouting "misogynist" outside my door. But, what's so wrong with feminine and simple anyway? Very Good Girls is a gorgeously shot teen girl fantasy that we don't often get in this day and age. And, for the guys, you get to see Fanning's bum. MORE THAN ONCE!!!