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The Virgin Suicides

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Sofia Coppola

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About the Movie

The Virgin Suicides explores the emotional underpinnings of a family starting to come apart at the seams in 1970's Midwestern America. The Lisbons seem like an ordinary enough family; Father (James Woods) teaches math at a high school in Michigan, Mother (Kathleen Turner) has a strong religious faith, and they have five teenage daughters, ranging from 13-year-old Cecilia (Hannah Hall) to 17-year-old Therese (Leslie Hayman). However, the Lisbon family's sense of normalcy is shattered when Cecilia falls into a deep depression and attempts suicide. The family is shaken and Mother and Father seek the advice of psychiatrist Dr. Hornicker (Danny DeVito), who suggests the girls should be allowed to socialize more with boys. However, boys soon become a serious problem for Cecilia's sister Lux (Kirsten Dunst). Lux has attracted the eye of a high-school Romeo named Trip (Josh Hartnett), who assures her Father of his good intentions. But Cecilia finally makes good on her decision to kill herself, throwing the Lisbons into a panic; and after attending a school dance, Trip seduces and then abandons Lux. The Lisbons pull their daughters out of school, as an emotionally frayed Mother keeps close watch over them. Meanwhile, Lux continues to attract the attentions of the local boys, and she responds with a series of clandestine sexual episodes with random partners as often as she can sneak out of the house. The debut feature from Sofia Coppola (whose father, Francis Ford Coppola, co-produced this film), The Virgin Suicides also features supporting performances from Scott Glenn and Giovanni Ribisi. The film was shown as part of the Directors Fortnight series as the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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76%
  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 72
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: More than most recent movies about suburban adolescence, The Virgin Suicides catches both the triviality and the grandeur of youth, its prosaic details and its mythopoetic flights. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Worth seeing. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: Coppola has created a detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters. – Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great book and movie

I read the book and then watched the movie. I thought they did a very good job turning the book into a movie. But if you're not in the mood to have to think while you're watching the movie, then you're probably better off renting a comedy. But if you're up for a serious, deep film, this is one to watch. Read the book too, it's also really good.

Absolutely Incredible.

This movie is the greatest movie that I have ever seen, and it's definately number one on my list of favorites. And while, yes, it is about suicide, it's also a movie about fear, passion, and obsession. However, it is a movie you have to think about and you want a movie that you doesn't require any effort, then rent a mindless and pointless comedy, such as Blades of Glory. The Virgin Suicides is not just for intellectuals, anyone can enjoy it! It just involves a little bit of thinking. So I say, next time you decide to rent a movie, give the Lisbon girls a chance.

A Mysterious, Thrilling Film

When you watch "The Virgin Suicides," it really makes you think and wonder about the portrayed innocence of the seventies. The film has a sense of mystery, though vulnerability to it. The film takes place in the mid-seventies, where five sisters in Michigan live their lives day by day, living with their strict, Catholic parents, though the family's life is turned upside down, due to an unexpected, unclear tragedy where the family is forced to move on with their lives. Throughout the movie, the most promiscuous, easygoing sister, Lux falls under the trap of falling for the school's heart throb, which causes issues and concern with her mostly uptight, strangely confusing parents. It's definitely a thrilling, addictive movie, where it's actually hard to keep your eyes off the screen.

The Virgin Suicides
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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