The drama, written and directed by Naomi Foner, also stars Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg and Peter Sarsgaard.
In an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Fanning talked about the experience with MTVNews.
“I’ve never done that before, and I’m very newly allowed to do that,” she said. “I was newly 18, so yeah… it’s kind of a sensitive thing, but it’s a part of life.”
Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play two New York City teenagers, who make a pact to lose their virginity over the summer of their senior year, and then fall for the same guy.
Fanning’s nude scene has earned the picture an “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. That means no one under 17 can see it without a parent or legal guardian in tow.
Whether it deserves the label is subject to debate. It’s described in its official synopsis as a “gentle and sensitive youth drama.” If so, film censors probably reacted to the nudity. Then, why include it, if it means automatically excluding three-quarters of your potential audience?
That’s not Foner’s only bone-headed move. The film premiered to mostly negative reviews at the festival because of its utterly unoriginal story.
“Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen are wasted in veteran screenwriter Naomi Foner’s underwhelming directing debut,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney.
“Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen… can’t overcome the story’s general blandness,” wrote another critic.
Check out her interview below, see her latest “Lolita” photoshoot here and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest movie updates. The film hits theaters later this year.