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Nichole Bloom and Fabianne Therese play two high school students who fall in love with each other and decide to run away to NYC to escape their extremely horrible lives (i.e. they live in nice houses in nice, safe neighborhoods; have parents who provide for them and care for them (for the most part); go to school where the only bad thing that is shown is a shoving match between Bloom and a bully; and they are given the freedom to go out and stay out late).  Given these horrors that these two girls experience every day, it’s no wonder they seek the comforts of a big city.

Not being completely stupid, Bloom and Therese realize they need money to make their big escape come true.  And that’s where webcam sex comes in.  The money comes in slow but steady, but not fast enough for the teens.  So they decide to prostitute themselves for one really horny guy who can afford it.  And that’s where things go really bad really fast.  **SPOILER ALERT**The surprising thing is — and kudos to the screenwriters on this one specific thing — it’s mostly the girls’ fault that their situation quickly spirals out of control.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Teenage Cocktail” is the scene when the father of Bloom’s character finds out that his daughter does webcam sex for money.  He is shocked, of course; but when he has a chance to confront his daughter, he just shuts up and quietly goes out of his daughter’s room.  This dude needs to go out in the ocean and swim with the jellyfish, because he’s as spineless as they are.

“Teenage Cocktail” has the basic elements that could have turned the movie into a very compelling commentary on some of the dangerous situations teens can get themselves in.  But the script — which felt like it needed a few more drafts to get all the stupidity out — is the weak link of this project, bringing the movie down to the level of mediocrity.

— M

Grade A

Set in NYC in the 1950s, “Carol” is a story of a forbidden love affair between two women.  Cate Blanchett plays the title role, a woman in a failed marriage and in the process of getting a divorce.  She knows who she is and what she wants.  Rooney Mara is a young woman who is not sure of anything; but when she meets Blanchett in the department store that Mara works in, Mara is immediately attracted to her.  Blanchett shares the sentiment, and the two women start a slow, subtle romance that will lead to what most of us look for: love.

Caught in the middle of this affair is Blanchett’s husband, played by Kyle Chandler.  Still in love with his soon to be ex-wife, he will do anything to keep Blanchett from leaving him, including threatening her with the possibility of never seeing their daughter again.  Blanchett may have to choose between the woman she loves or her daughter.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Carol” is the scene when Blanchett, realizing that she and Mara have been followed and spied on, barges into the motel room next to theirs and sees all the surveillance equipment and recording devices that the private investigator had set up.  He had listened to and taped the women making love last night!   Blanchett draws a revolver, points it at the p.i., and demands he hand over the tapes to her.

Cate Blanchett’s acting in “Carol” is outstanding, almost regal, helping to elevate the movie to such high levels that it received several Oscar nominations.  But this movie is just as much about Mara’s wide-eyed, innocent character, whom she plays exceptionally well.   Although this is a love story, the audience will feel an undercurrent of fear for these women as they live in times that was highly intolerant of anything and anyone who went against the norm.

— M

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