May 13, 2015

Ask Me Anything (2014)

Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen

The further removed I get from adolescence, the more I have to remind myself that once upon a time, I too was a teenager, full of angst and misunderstood by seemingly everyone. Now an adult, it's easy to sometimes cast a critical eye upon those in the high school age range for being melodramatic or self-absorbed. But if we're really honest with ourselves, we can admit that whilst a teenager, our problems always seemed to be all-consuming and of the utmost importance.

It is with this lens that this movie must be watched. It is a teen movie that focuses on the decision-making process of teens on relationships, physical intimacy, and even privacy. And if you watch the movie as an adult, all you will feel is heartburn (and possibly contempt) for the main character. But that would be doing the movie a disservice. It is a movie that transcends adolescent frivolousness and has the ability to really speak to an adult viewer with both an entertaining eye and an eye on teaching us how to better understand and reach teens (should the need arise).

It can be a bit crass and times, and definitely hard to watch, if for no other reason than the fact that Justin Long and Christian Slater play two of the main love interests. Also, I was convinced for the first twenty minutes or so that Britt Robertson was actually Maya from Girl Meets World, so that was awkward, because everyone knows Disney stars don't start making inappropriate sex movies until after they've left. So you can imagine the discomfort in sitting through the first few scenes of Robertson and Long's intimate scenes, which feature Long in his underwear. *wince* But I made it through Justin Long's PDA filled relationship with Drew Barrymore in 2007 and I made it through this movie too. But seriously--I don't need to see him in his underwear. Like, ever.

There might be a tendency to see this movie as a typical, cliched teen movie. It is not. Sure, it's a journey of self discovery, but in a much darker way that evokes memories of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. At its heart, this movie is a portrait of a hurt and very confused girl, working through her issues in a very 21st century way. I mean, what could possibly be more 21st century than blogging about your life, anonymously? (Other than using Snapchat, which I'm convinced is only used for sexting.)

Final word: An adult teen movie. 

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