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"Love is a monster."

"Jack and Diane" is the story of two teenage girls who fall in love in New York City during a summer together. Jack is tough and tomboyish, while Diane is shy and reserved. Although they have very different personalities, opposites often attract, and that proves to be the case here. Their lesbian relationship blossoms, but Diane is about to leave the city and travel to Paris. She begins to have violent, terrifying visions of transforming into a werewolf. Diane fears that she is becoming a monster and is worried that she will hurt, or even kill, her new girlfriend.

Diane is played by Juno Temple, an acclaimed actress who has appeared in leading roles in such films as "Little Birds" and "Dirty Girl". She also had a supporting role in the box office smash "The Dark Knight Rises." Jack is played by Riley Keough, who is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley. She has had major roles in films such as "The Runaways", "Magic Mike", and "The Good Doctor." Both actresses have received significant critical acclaim throughout their careers. They are known for delivering genuine, authentic performances.

The film is directed by Bradley Rust Gray, who directed "The Exploding Girl". Gray gives the film a rugged, grungy aesthetic. He attempts to blend two very different subgenres, romance films and horror flicks. Like the two main characters, the film tries to blend opposite elements together to create something important and meaningful. Diane's werewolf visions symbolize her awakening sexuality and her fears about ending her relationship with Jack. Gray creates a unique film that contains animated sequences, bizarre dreams, and elements of fantasy.

Famous Australian singer/songwriter/actress Kylie Minogue also appears in the film, so fans of her work may be interested in viewing "Jack and Diane." Her character, named Tara, runs a tattoo parlor. She has an intimate encounter with Jack early in the film.

The film's werewolf subplot may appeal to teenagers who like supernatural films involving young characters. There have been many films in recent years involving teenage characters interacting with supernatural monsters, such as vampires, werewolves, and zombies. "Jack and Diane" seems geared to appeal to the "Twilight" fan base. However, viewers must decide whether the werewolves are metaphorical or literal.

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| 2012 | 1 hr 50 min | 4.4/10 | 45/100
Cast
Juno Temple, Jackson Ning, Samantha Ives, Anika Jennie Ji
Studio
Magnolia Pictures
Director
Bradley Rust Gray
Language
English
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Also directed by Bradley Rust Gray

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