Unfortunately, the plot lost its virginity a long time ago.
The only redeeming value to this story is in the telling.
Writer director Naomi Foner appears from the new clip to have crafted a lushly visual film with strong characters thanks to a solid cast.
Demi Moore, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, Peter Sarsgaard and Richard Dreyfuss also star in the summer tear-jerker. Boyd Holbrook plays the heartbreaker.
In the movie, Olsen’s character Gerry is slightly more adventuresome, while Lilly, played by Fanning, is more innocent and more introspective about such a life-defining moment.
The girls are united because they share the same problem, but they also test each other. In one scene, Gerry dares Lilly to go swimming topless.
But things get complicated when the same guy starts playing both of them.
The film has been bouncing around for a while. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago and also was previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Critics for the Hollywood Reporter and Variety have both trashed the film. When both trades are down on a picture, you know it has to be pretty bad.
Still, who can pass up the chance to watch Dakota and Elizabeth getting involved in all kinds of sexual situations? And don’t forget, Dakota does her first nude scene.
Check out the trailer below. “Very Good Girls” opens July 25.
Footnote: Foner is the mother of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.