The Lost Girls
By Danny Brogan,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Peter Pan "sequel" has iffy plot, unlikable characters.
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Few positive messages with selfish, jealous, and mean behavior all displayed. The importance of family is a running theme, but the bad outweighs the good. The power of imagination is celebrated but is also shown in a negative light.
Positive Role Models
Wendy struggles to get over her relationship with Peter Pan. She feels that he abandoned her and resents the fact that he then starts paying an interest in her daughter, Berry. She is quick-tempered and lashes out at both Berry and her husband, Adam. Pan is obnoxious and rude. He makes people promise they won't get old and then becomes angry and discards them when they do. Berry is frustrated by her mother's behavior and can behave cruelly toward her. Great Nana is loved by all and shows great affection to her family. She is a huge fan of Pan and is excited when he visits both Wendy and Berry.
One of the main families is a biracial family, though no relevance is placed on this. They and the other main characters come from a place of privilege, seemingly being able to drop everything and fly to and from London and New York. When reading a passage from a book, the term "Indians" is used when referring to Native Americans. Reference to a character being "in and out of mental institutions." Although there are thinly veiled references to mental illness, they are not explored or explained. A daughter is brought up by her single father.
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Violence & Scariness
On more than one occasion, a character forcibly tries to kiss another. In one instant, this results in a glass being thrown at someone, although it misses and hits the wall instead. In another, the victim has chloroform placed over their mouth, sending them unconscious. A character uses the hook that has replaced their severed hand in a threatening manner. Two characters struggle on a bed over a comic book. A character is found unconscious with bruises and cuts, having fallen out of a bedroom window. They survive, but need crutches to move about. A character becomes angry when they don't get what they want, balling up their fist and punching the air. Families argue, with some arguments becoming very heated. A child burns a book that their parent wrote, which sets off a smoke alarm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple dance and kiss. They kiss passionately and are then seen lying naked in each others arms, covered in a duvet -- the implication being they have just had sex. They later go on to have a child together. Numerous references to young love and infatuation, and some teen kissing. A character, while wearing clothes, measures their chest with a tape measure before squeezing their breasts together.
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Language used includes "damn," "shut up," "bulls--t," "croc of s--t," and "a--hole." "Good God" and "oh my God" used as exclamations. Some body shaming.
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Products & Purchases
Characters fly back and forth from London to New York regularly and at short notice. A toy brand and sports label are clearly identifiable, but are used more as means of highlighting the time period. A brief discussion about a certain Marvel superhero.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking -- whiskey and wine -- at home, in restaurants, and on a plane. But very brief and never to excess. A character offers someone a drink and although they refuse, they give it to them anyway.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost Girls is a fantasy drama that develops on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan story, with some character's problematic behavior potentially requiring careful conversations with younger viewers. The story revolves around Peter Pan's (Louis Partridge) relationships with the Darling family, specifically those of the girls. He magically -- and grimly -- appears in the bedroom of various members of the family when they are teens. He then makes them promise they won't grow old only to then become angry when they inevitably do. Wendy (Livia De Paolis), the granddaughter of the Wendy from the book, struggles to get over her relationship with Pan. This impacts her marriage and relationship with her own daughter, Berry (Ella-Rae Smith), who herself is visited by Pan. Jealousy and selfishness are prominent throughout, and often lead to cruel behavior. This includes body shaming. Hook (Iain Glen) forcibly tries to kiss Wendy on more than one occasion, and even drugs her by placing a chloroform cloth over her mouth. Wendy and her husband, Adam (Parker Sawyers), are seen naked under a duvet with the implication that they have just had sex. Language is rare but does include variants of "s--t" along with "a--hole."
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What's the Story?
In THE LOST GIRLS, Wendy Darling (Livia De Paolis) struggles to get over her first true love, Peter Pan (Louis Partridge). When her daughter, Berry (Ella-Rae Smith), receives a visit from the boy who can fly and never grows up -- just as Wendy's mother and grandmother did so before her -- Wendy is forced to face what has defined her entire life.
Is It Any Good?
While some of its outdated stereotypes and language is today rightfully called out, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan remains a classic and much loved story. Which is why The Lost Girls, which builds on Barrie's original tale, should be admired for its courage in taking on such a task. Unfortunately it fails to deliver on nearly every level. The drama takes place some 60 to 70 years after Peter Pan first visited the Darling household. We soon discover that Pan is something of an obnoxious boy who becomes angry at various female members of the Darling family for … getting old. So, somewhat creepily, he returns sporadically when a new Darling reaches the age of 13, magically appearing in their bedroom no less. Rather than be cause for concern, the original Wendy -- played by the iconic Vanessa Redgrave -- talks as if this home invasion is the best thing to happen to a young girl, while her granddaughter, also called Wendy, is overcome with jealously due to the fact that Pan is now more interested in her own daughter.
If the icky storyline isn't enough to put you off, the acting -- despite the presence of Redgrave and, briefly, her own real-life daughter, Joely Richardson -- is poor. Some of the scenes are reminiscent of a TV soap opera, and not a good one at that. The direction is little better, with characters suddenly appearing or erupting in an abrupt outburst. It has the disjointed feel of a dream, but sadly one you can't wait to wake up from. Based on a book released in 2001, fans of book adaptations or even Barrie's original material will find nothing here to delight.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the character of Wendy in The Lost Girls. What made her the way she was? Was she a sympathetic character? Why, or why not? How did she treat other people, including her own family?
What about Peter Pan? Why might some of his behavior be construed as problematic?
Discuss some of the threat in the movie. Did the movie's fantasy tone affect the impact of those moments? What's the impact of media violence on kids?
Have you read or watched any other versions of the Peter Pan story? Did this movie add anything to that world?
- In theaters: June 17, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: June 17, 2022
- Cast: Livia De Paolis, Vanessa Redgrave, Louis Partridge
- Director: Livia De Paolis
- Studio: Vertical Entertainment
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Book Characters, Pirates
- Run time: 100 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 4, 2022
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