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Dakota Fanning 'Very Good Girls' Nudity Seems Very Gratuitous

Coming of Age High School Film Excludes Most High Schoolers

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Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen in ‘Very Good Girls.’

Dakota Fanning, who turns 19 next month, gets naked on the big-screen for the first time in “Very Good Girls,” her high-school coming-of-age movie that no high-schoolers will be able to see.

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.

Dakota Fanning Flaunts ‘Lolita’ Look in New Glamour Photos

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.


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1 comment to Dakota Fanning ‘Very Good Girls’ Nudity Seems Very Gratuitous

  • Cris

    Isn’t this the 3rd or 4th film that Dakota has made that has gotten this kind of negative attention? I don’t understand why she seems to have this urge to play sexual roles while she’s still so young. It’s like she’s saying “hey, look at me! I’m a grown woman now! I’m naked and horny! HERE ME ROAR”. Ugh. Personally, I find this annoying with childstars. This is not the way you get people to take you seriously. Saoirse Ronan isn’t taking roles like these (at the moment) and her career is doing much better, imo.

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