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THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

 
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At Theaters: 4/21/2000 On Video: 12/19/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169925
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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In an ordinary suburban house, on a lovely tree-lined street, in the middle of 1970s America, lived the five beautiful, dreamy Lisbon sisters, whose doomed fates indelibly marked the neighborhood boys who to this day continue to obsess over them.
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Drama - Art-minded adults are the audience most likely to enjoy this atmospheric drama. Younger viewers drawn by the young cast members will be disappointed by the film's lack of traditional payoffs. The subject matter is much too heavy for children.
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James Woods THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, TRUE CRIME
Kathleen Turner BABY GENIUSES, A SIMPLE WISH, BEAUTIFUL
Kirsten Dunst DICK, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, CHEER FEVER
Josh Hartnett HERE ON EARTH, THE FACULTY, HALLOWEEN H20
Wri/Dir: Sofia Coppola LICK THE STAR
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: A few brief sex scenes; no nudity.
VIOLENCE: Non-graphic suicides.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use, mostly by teens.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some dark humor.
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Above Average
To use an exhausted cliché, the whole of The Virgin Suicides is far less than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of good individual elements on display in Sofia Coppola's screen adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel, yet they never quite gel into something that completely satisfies--a shortcoming that can be blamed by the film's most distinctive quality: the atmosphere. While lending the film an eerie beauty as it unspools, the dreamy mood makes the film similarly inert. The Virgin Suicides is indeed an entrancing experience, but there's nothing solid left to hold onto once it's over.

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The collective narrator speaks for an eclectic group of men whose lives were forever changed by their fierce obsession with the five Lisbon sisters. The sleuth in this mystery is Tim Weiner (Jonathan Tucker), who grew up amidst the bewitching spell of the five Lisbon girls — Therese (Leslie Hayman), Mary (A.J. Cook), Bonnie (Chelse Swain), Lux (Kirsten Dunst) and Cecilia (Hanna Hall) — and still seeks the answers to their spectacular demise. The girls were everything desired and unattainable: gorgeous, luminous and completely off limits due to their parents' (James Woods, Kathleen Turner) strict household rules. From afar, the boys watched the girls through half-opened window shades, binoculars and the haze of fantasies. Then, they witnessed something that would shake them to their very souls.

Shock throws the Lisbons into a deep, cold storage, shutting out the world and retreating into their own secretive inner sanctum. It seems they will never recover until Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett) — the town's preeminent jock, hunk and dream date — begins to pursue the impossible Lux Lisbon, with whom he is dangerously smitten. Then Trip does the unthinkable: he asks Lux Lisbon to the prom, allowing all the remaining Lisbons to venture (for the first time) to a school dance.

For one brief evening in paradise four boys, including Tripp, get as close to the Lisbon sisters as anyone has ever been. But when Lux and Tripp get a little too close, events spiral out of control. The Lisbon girls are locked away for good, taken out of school and incarcerated by Mrs. Lisbon. Lux descends into an outlawed promiscuity, which provides endless nights of binocular bliss for Tim and his friends. But the boys no longer want to just watch the Lisbon girls. Now they want to save them.., and, by extension, their own doomed youth and innocence.

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