Foxfire (2012) Thursday, 20 June 2019

Foxfire (2012)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, sex scene, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Foxfizzle.

  • Starring:

    Raven Adamson, Katie Coseni, Madeleine Bisson, Claire Mazerolle, Paige Moyles, Rachael Nyhuus, Lindsay Rolland-Mills, Alexandria Ferguson, Ian Matthews, Ali Liebert

  • Directed by:

    Laurent Cantent

  • Running time:

    143 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are gang-raped (implied), shot, molested, kicked, beaten, threatened at gunpoint, kidnapped, hooded, hassled, grabbed, pushed, shoved, slapped, mugged, threatened at knife-point, hit with objects, robbed, terrorised, teased with a snake, mocked, bullied. A man makes sexual advances toward his niece. Target practice, ransom demand, gunshots, graffiti, property damage, vehicle theft, dangerous driving, vehicle rollover, stealing. Yelling, screaming, arguing. Nazi, torture mentioned. Blood/gore: Home-made tattooing, bruising, bullet wound. Blood on backs, heads, hands, objects, clothing. Man on stretcher (newspaper photograph). Skulls (museum) seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing (male-female; female-female), flirting, propositioning. Sexual-themed banter, finger gestures, sexual slang. Girls in bras, girl in underwear. Nightwear swimwear. Cleavage. Provocative dancing. Sexual promiscuity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, cocktails, spirits). Girls share a joint. Doing drugs, reefer mentioned. A man is accused of being a drunk. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards, n-word. Name-calling, belittling, mocking. Derogatory terms for women. Obscene graffiti, obscene finger gestures. Religious references. Gender, cultural, era stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Sisterhood, gangs, 1950s America, revenge, harassment, liberation, animal rights, misogyny, feminism, rebellion, juvenile detention, communes, empowerment, survival, budgeting, crime, conflict, writing, typing, memoir, trust, equality, kidnapping.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mothers, school expulsions mentioned. Man leaving 7-month-pregnant wife mentioned. Courtroom setting. Snake, flock of birds, pigeon, dogs. Steak, lamb eaten. Bonfire. Also known as Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Evocative, absorbing, well-written. Strong performances from believable cast. Promising start. Good period re-creation. Fascinating story. Good sense of time and place. Outstanding debut from Raven Adamson. Resonant themes. Realistic soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Dull, yawn-inducing, overlong, cold, objective, overextended, disconcerted, limited, anti-male, forgettable, stilted, creaky, contrived. Plays out like a TV movie, bland script, bland direction, sloppy editing, forced tone, blurred motivations, lacks drama/narrative tension, awkward dialogue, thin characterisation, seriously lags in the middle, bloated storytelling.

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