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Remove the controversy and it's still a really bad film -
I don't know why, but my previously written comment on this film disappeared, although I don't believe it broke any rules. Presumably people involved with production couldn't stand hearing impartially that their film is awful - although most reviews have said that so far. I was not in favor of the filming of the rape scene (or many other scenes, in fact) and I also believe that what we see in the final product is obviously not all of what happened on set. However, even without the rape scene, the film is bad. It comes across as an amateur piece of work - presumably because the director is not very experienced. Dakota Fanning's performance, compared to her previous performances, was disappointing, and most of the other actors seem too self-aware and over-the-top in their work. Worst was the boring, depraved and going-nowhere storyline. It just wasn't fun to watch. I am hoping this film won't receive distribution, but if it does, just don't go see it.
Priceless with hindsight!
I edited out most of the "you know"s (he says that way too much!) but otherwise this is a direct quote from the "Secondhand Lions" DVD, a couple of years ago: "Being a teenager and stuff, where you have the responsibility to do things right, I mean sometimes people are going to look up to you, that's your obligation as an actor, or as someone who's in the public eye, to do the right thing. You've got to keep your record clean because it's your responsibility to everyone who's ever watched your film, and that's something that you sign on to when you work on a film, when you get into this business that is something that you take with the acting, you know, the responsibility of life outside of that. So I guess that it's a little more pressure, but it's good pressure, you know? It's a motivation to do good things. Not that I wouldn't anyway." Pretty funny now!