I just bothered by the way the movie kept stressing the message that there's no fast-safe-fail-proof instant easy way to heal yourself, but then, especially in the end, it got lazy and bombarded the story with pretentious cliches of enlightenment. But the actors were all heartfelt and got good intention in playing it, so..yeah.
Lily Collins strabiliante. Non le avrei dato un soldo bucato, invece in questo film regala una performance da vera professionista. Una storia importante, nella quale certamente si saranno riviste tante ragazze (e ragazzi). Parlando della sceneggiatura, ho trovato eccessivo il dettaglio della madre lesbica. Se si fossero stati semplicemente genitori assenti ed una matrigna iperprotettiva, sarebbe stato più realistico.
So many cringeworthy moments... After '13 reasons why' and this film, I feel like Netflix is trying cash in on the taboo on teenagers and mental health issues. But instead of making it debatable and giving an insight into the disease and the people who have issues, it becomes trivial and sometimes even a joke.
If you've seen Unreal you know how silly Noxon is capable of getting, so it's with surprise I saw a film of restraint. Contained and witty, eschewing victimisation and conscious of the burden others put on self-destructive people (how I read the 'romance' anyway). Overdoes the tumblr in Great to Be Alive therapy, but also frank in its cynicism. And in one stunning tone shift in a tent Noxon displays true vision.
Really can't comment on the portrayal of anorexia, but as so many sufferers of it have raised concerns I'm going to trust them on that. I will say this though. A restrained character piece and sentimental TV drama are pretty much dichotomies, I think this film accidentally stumbles into both territories. Which inevitably prevents its strengths working to full effect.