DVD Review: Sleeping Beauty


I'm a huge fan of Emily Browning's work, and I went into this film knowing it was going to be completely uncomfortable to watch. I was hoping something in the script or her performance might redeem itself from it's creepy plot line. But alas, no such thing happened.

Lucy (Emily Browning) is a poor college student with a variety of different jobs. Waitress. Lab Rat. Copy Girl. Occasional prostitute. Why does Lucy need all this money? Is she behind on student loans? Does she squander it? What more does she need to pay for? None of this is answered. So you really have to question Lucy's motives when she takes a very upscale job of becoming a "sleeping beauty." Meaning she's given drugs to knock her out while old men do just about anything short of having sex with her. Not your every day after school job.

This movie should've been more than just scenes of naked Emily Browning and weird old men fondling her,  there should've been some character development, some explanations, but this film offers none. Lucy is a shell, and an unrelatabe one at that. Maybe that was the point of the film makers. Then again, maybe it was just a bad movie with a bad editing job that wastes the talents of a perfectly good actress.

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "It's not a temple.." - Lucy (Emily Browning)


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