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Jack and Diane

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

Two teenage girls meet on a summer day in New York City and spend the night kissing.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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5 out of 5

Teen girls' romance has strange, gory overtones.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jack & Diane is a teen romantic drama with strange, gory horror overtones. For some reason, the female teen lovers turn into monsters during dream sequences. There's shocking violence, spurting blood, and eating of human organs, as well as some disturbing interludes involving what looks like growing/moving hair among human organs. In addition to scenes of the lovers kissing and fondling each other and more, there are also uncomfortable/upsetting sexual scenes involving teens on the Internet (a teen girl is drugged, and two boys masturbate on her unconscious body). Teens also drink regularly and occasionally smoke cigarettes. Language is likewise strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." Jack & Diane has been billed as a horror film, but teens who watch it with this in mind will surely be disappointed.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Jack & Diane's violent scenes. What is their impact? Are they necessary to the story?
  • How does the movie depict sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • How do the characters deal with sex on the Internet? Are they victims or survivors? Is there a better way to deal with these things?
  • What audience do you think the filmmaker is trying to appeal to? Does he succeed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 11
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Felt like someone misinterpreting the most extreme bits of Gregg Araki and Harmony Korine and turning it into an unwatchable film made marketable by putting its leading ladies into lesbian situations.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rotten: Bradley Rust Gray's attempt to weave horror elements into a fairly conventional narrative yields diminishing returns in this overly stylized effort.

- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fresh: "The Man With the Iron Fists" being a fairly satisfying slab of cinematic mayhem, particularly if seen in under conditions like the ones I describe from my younger days.

- Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies, Friday, November 2, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The titular characters, essayed by Keough and Temple, are two star-crossed lesbian teens who fall in love after a chance encounter in one of New York's hipper districts. "Hip" is the keyword for this film. Characters carry skateboards, hang out in tattoo parlors and generally look disillusioned, but in, like, a "hip" way. Just for the hell of it we get a few dream sequences involving some sort of werewolf creature. I'm guessing this is meant to represent the girls' burgeoning sexuality ala 'Company of Wolves' but don't quote me on that. Despite this injection of weirdness, it's the straightest gay drama you'll see this year. Our heroes even have their own song, The Flying Pickets' 'Only You', used to far greater effect in Wong Kar Wai's 'Fallen Angels'. If the characters weren't so damn irksome it wouldn't be a bad little romantic drama. Temple gives a great performance and is one to watch in the coming years. Unfortunately, director Gray seems intent on alienating as large an audience as possible.

- moviewaffle, Monday, December 10, 2012

1 star

Unforgivably empty teen lesbian romance that keeps hinting at a percolating tension beneath the surface getting ready to erupt with ominous music cues, a monster, and very bizarre visual themes, but those turn out to be nothing more than a maddeningly unsatisfying tease. The bulk of the movie consists of nothing more than overlong takes, dull conversations, and pointless incidents at every turn. I want to wring the neck of a director who bilks talent like Juno Temple and a name like Kylie Minogue into appearing in their self-indulgent crap for absolutely zero cinematic return. What a shameful abuse of both their willingness and our time. Riley Keough got to kiss them both, so maybe for her alone the experience wasn't a total loss. I could gaze at the strikingly unique face, untamed hair, and innocent expressions of Juno Temple for hours, so that's the sole reason this waste gets one star instead of rock bottom. Unless you're a completely incurable Juno junkie, please please PLEASE do yourself a favor and spend those spare 100 minutes by doing anything else. Seriously, this movie was such a letdown by failing to deliver ANY sort of entertainment or provoke ANY kind of emotional response that I had to watch another movie immediately after it was over to jump-start my inert central nervous system. THAT'S how big a failure it is.

- DrStrangeblog, Monday, November 5, 2012

2 stars

This is a little odDITTY about Jack and Diane ... Jack and Diane could have been a simple, all-consuming teen love story about the titular Jack and Diane; but it continously teases the audience that it is going to become something it is not which makes the film fall flat and fail. Girly-girl Diane (Juno Temple - Atonement, The Dark Knight Rises) meets tom-boyish, skateboarder Jack (Riley Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) and the pair begins to develop a seemingly realistic relationship based on friendship, fascination and respect -- and this would all work if there weren't so many intercut scenes of bizarre visuals featuring bodily innards becoming ensnared with human hair (uhm, really). I am sure this is supposed to symbolize Diane's inner turmoil and confusion coming to terms with something she'd never expected; but it is too heavy, grotesque and confusing. The "she's like a werewolf" message is poorly conveyed and distracts from the simple story I would rather have watched as both Temple and Keough are like-able enough actresses. The howls coming from this film aren't intentional and that is never good.

- ThomasJayWilliams, Tuesday, November 27, 2012