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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teens write porn fan fiction; sex and language.

Movie NR 2016 100 minutes
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This movie succeeds in offering a view of that famously churning period when teenagers wrestle with growing up and worry about fitting in. Neil and Julia feel alienated partly because of the fact that they're writers, who are notoriously stand-apart members of society, but also because the writing they do is hidden, owing to its sexual content. They obsess over fictional characters and create their own new fictions in which those characters, created by other writers, are launched into unpredictable sexual interactions.

Slash raises valid questions about the safety of minors negotiating an internet where predators can digitally seduce kids. The filmmakers studiously avoid asking why writers would invest so much energy in creating situations for fictional characters created by others. Does that endeavor enhance the pleasure they first experienced when reading/viewing the original work? In the end, what makes this interesting is that Slash doesn't shy away from shining a light on the human tendency to imagine what other people are doing behind their closed curtains.

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