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Parents' Guide to

Sharp Stick

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Oversexed coming-of-age film has language, substance use.

Movie R 2022 86 minutes
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A young woman striking out to learn more about herself and her sexuality is the core of a good story, but if you're easily put off by explicit sexual content, then it's not for you. And even if you're OK with the more graphic scenes, Sharp Stick disappoints by defining its Black characters solely through sexuality. Given Dunham's iffy history with how she portrayed (or didn't portray) Black people on Girls, it's clear that she's trying to make up for it here -- but she still falls short.

Dunham's hard-core fans will enjoy watching Sharp Stick to see her eccentricities coming through in the script. And the actors, including Froseth, give strong performances. It's just a lot to ask of some audience members to sit through a ton of sex that has little artfulness or beauty involved.

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