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Girl Asleep

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky coming-of-age fantasy has cursing, sex.

Movie NR 2016 77 minutes
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Director Rosemary Myers and writer Matthew Whittet throw elements from Alice in Wonderland and Beetlejuice at the screen and seem to hope that what sticks will make some kind of sense. Girl Asleep goes out of its way to be cute, with actors in Viking costumes, chicken outfits, and slimy ghoulish get-ups. It's as if such silliness might make transiting from childhood to adulthood easier to handle for both teenagers and audiences. You want to root for Greta but something as simple as understanding what kind of person she is remains unknowable based on the information the movie provides. At first Greta seems shy, awkward, and unhappy, someone who slouches along and can't walk away from witch-like classmates who clearly are out to get her. Then she inexplicably transforms -- at the sound of birthday party music -- into a wickedly expert line dancer. After the triplets are devastatingly mean to her, she runs from them and is inexplicably devastatingly mean to Elliott, the one person who has treated her well. How? Why? Up to that point the dilemma was whether she was clinging to little-girlhood or stepping into adulthood, not whether she was undergoing a personality transplant. The movie is stylized and arch, complete with colorful impish characters emerging from the woods whenever Greta plays her music box, but it takes a long time for the different threads of fantasy and reality to come together.

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