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An Easy Girl

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Absorbing French drama has lots of sex, nudity, and alcohol.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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This absorbing movie goes beyond the stereotype of a "sexy French girl discovering herself" movie while still offering just about everything you'd expect from one. Attractive, sophisticated characters, gorgeous scenery, smart people having interesting conversations -- An Easy Girl has all that. But it also stands out because it's not about 16-year-old Naima discovering her sexuality. It's about her discovering her self worth and learning what kinds of things will make her happy in life. Naima doesn't have any romantic relationships or sexual encounters at all. Also unique for going against stereotype is the gorgeous, sexy Sofia. Sofia claims not to be interested in love or emotional attachment; she just wants to enjoy physical sensations and a luxurious lifestyle. But far from just being a sexual object, Sofia is smart, kind, generous, and grieving.

The acting is terrific, and newcomer Mina Farid as Naima holds her own. There's some interesting food for thought about wealth, work, value, friendship, and of course relationships, but instead of exploring anything in any real depth, director Rebecca Zlotowski merely presents the shimmering surface of Naima's 16th summer. Strong sexual content and mature themes make it best for older teens and up.

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