Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore
or, Go See This Movie or Regret it for the Rest of Your Life, and Really,
Don't You Already Have Enough Regret?
by Mikki Halpin
Every once in a while a film comes along that turns me into a loony infomercialesque
shill. I want to collar people at the multiplex and testify to the genius
of Sarah Jacobson and her feature debut, Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore.
You thought the sex-in-a-car scene in Titanic was hot? Wait until
you see this one! Not to mention the masturbation scenes, the sex-in-a-graveyard
scene, the how-I-lost-my-virginity-scenes, the coming-out scene, and the
"What is a clitoris?" speech. Plus comedic relief from Jello
Biafra! Did I mention the kickass soundtrack and that Tamra
Davis and Kim
Gordon are investors?
But I know that Breakup Girl readers wont be swayed by prurient promises
and pop culture puffery. Or alliteration. So let me give you the 411, straight
up. Jacobson has produced, written, and directed an amazing coming-of-age
story. MJNaVA is about the slow, sputtering start of sexuality and
self-awareness. It's about getting what you think you want, losing it, then
realizing you want something else entirely anyway. And then losing that
too. It's about a film so well-crafted that when you see one minor character's
apartment in the last act it looks exactly the way you'd already imagined
it. It's about Sarah's insane resolve to distribute the film herself ...
resulting in a year-long non-stop tour of the country and an actual independent
film that is neither (1) British nor (2) distributed by Miramax.
It's about a movie that subverts Hollywood convention in each and every
frame. It's about you logging off and going to see it when it comes to a
theater near you.
Mikki Halpin gets worked up about all sorts of things
as a freelance writer. Currently she is writing a book about geeks. If
you have read this far, please purchase the book when it comes out. Thank
you in advance.
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