I have such mixed emotions with this movie. It's like Twilight de ja vue. I totally agree with the OP. I didn't know this was an R rated movie. Must be labeled as such for all the smoking. Because this movie was total "Disney-esque"
Feel good movie about a blonde-blue-eyed naivete who's been so sheltered that she didn't even realize there was "illegal labor" in the world. Or that quid pro quo even existed?
She's so green and gullable that she's influenced by the "rich jock" who's just out for sex and the gorgeous mystery man (who looks like he could be her father rather than her boyfriend -or atleast her uncle who is 10-15 yrs her senior) -has to come to her rescue by giving the rich jock -who is the son of "THE MAN" -a donut shiner for trying to take advantage of little miss gullable.
And little miss gullable just happens to believe she's gonna earn enough money at 'a one time summer stent @ waitressing for minimum wage' -to make up the difference that her student loans can't cover for college.
And in the end-it all works out.
Not a movie to be taken seriously. Maybe back in 1985. But not in the 21st century. NO 18 yr old is that green and wet behind the ears. -This movie would've been better off as a Disney drama. Or a Nickelodeon special movie. But to be featured on SHOW/next--like it's cutting edge and innovative -is just way off course. I mean, CHARTER lists it as a COMEDY for goodness sake. Just shows how out of place this movie really is.
That said, I really like this movie. It's innocent, and unassuming. The girl is kind of annoying, but if I were a 10-12 yr old tween -I'd totally relate to the wide-eyed innocense of the female character. If I were a little girl, I'd totally buy into it.
And i guess that's why I liken it to Twilight. The premise in and of itself is utterlly ridiculous, TOO COOKIE CUTTER to be taken seriously. HOWEVER, it is this innocence that makes it endearing, and captivating. She's totally a clueless, harmless, Barbie who needs to be protected from herself, and Benicio is her ruggedly handsome, knight in shining armor Ken doll. -Who by the way is an ARTIST and therefore his bad boy persona is forgiveable and totally appropriate for this little vulnerable, virtuous but totally legal little girl.
My FAVORITE character was LARS. To me he CATCH were the most believable. And Benicio -is so totally- the quintessential guy. Bad boy rebel/artist. Tough enough to not be intimidated by the rich guys. Strong enough to snap a @zzhole's neck, but gentle enough to make a collage of beans. LOL. Ridiculous.
Total TWILIGHT ESQUE. AND I LOVE IT. I'LL WATCH EVERY TIME IT COMES ON. LOL