Tart (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/Canada, 2001.  Green Moon Productions, Interlight.  Screenplay by Christina Wayne.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

More teen angst, served up bitter and frank. An excellent  stars as a private school girl who wants social acceptance so bad that she turns her back on her troubled (and I mean troubled) best friend (, morally bankrupt as always) and befriends a group of rich, snotty, soulless prep-schoolers. Her particular target is a moody boy (, giving a most unappealing performance) who has a personal problem with petty thievery and drug abuse. For the first two-thirds the film is an incisive and probing examination of peer pressure and the lives of young people who would never be seen in a Julia Stiles movie. Unfortunately, a stupidly melodramatic turn in the last third that apes a bad Larry Clark movie coincides with Swain’s character and performance falling completely apart. Melanie Griffith appears, all too briefly, while is excellent as Swain’s concerned mother.

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