Seriously, they're are the worst. The following film, while marketed as somewhat of a thriller is actually just a lesson in how awful teenagers are.
Emily (Kara Hayward) is a bit of an outcast with a blog no one reads. She gets into a fight with the mean girl of her school, Mary. (Georgie Henley) Mary makes her flub an audition in drama class, Emily steals her phone and posts her texts on her blog. Eventually, they cool down. Then Mary starts a mysterious group called "The Sisterhood" It's very exclusive, and only Mary gets to decide who gets in. Several of the girls in their school desire to be a part of it. When Emily secretly follows them and sees them doing cult-like activities, she blabs about it on her blog and the entire town they live in turns into a media hell hole.
I spent a lot of time wondering if I was having trouble taking Georgie Henley seriously as a mean girl because I was so used to her as Lucy in the Narnia movies. No, that's not it. It's the fact that Henley doesn't even seem to believe she can play a mean girl herself. She's playing a caricature of one. Completely with over the top bitchy glances and head tilts. There's nothing natural about that at all. Same with Hayward, who showed so much promise in Moonrise Kingdom. While she hits her emotional notes when she needs to, her scheming feels equally as uninspired as Henley's Regina George impression.
This film wasn't what I expected. I like cult movies, I like mysteries, and while this film seemed to have that on the surface, it ended up just being a vapid teen movie. The only thing that saves it in the end is the fact that it's another lesson in how bullying can ruin lives. Maybe teenagers will like this film. It certainly wasn't for me.
Please join me in a prayer circle for Kal Penn, Laura Fraser, and Louis Ozawa Chanchein who somehow found themselves in this mess.
Memorable Quote: "You're such a cliche." - Mary (Georgie Henley)