A Little Ditty About JACK AND DIANE On DemandSeptember 28, 2012

A Little Ditty About JACK AND DIANE On Demand

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: JACK AND DIANE (Magnolia).


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By Melissa Chesman

I don’t get it. 

Not because I’m missing something (I only wish I were the culprit) but rather sadly because the film is. Touted as an indie-lesbian-werewolf-love story, the time spent reading that sentence is unfortunately more intriguing than the accrued time watching JACK AND DIANE.


Writer-director Bradley Rust Grey (THE EXPLODING GIRL) takes us through his teenage lesbian love story, from tomboy Jack and naïve-Brit Diane’s (the teenagers and thus the title of the movie) random love-at-first-sight encounter in New York City, through a languid, slightly tumultuous courtship where Jack learns Diane will soon leave her for school in Paris, and finally to the lovers’ settled long-distance reconciliation. Although actresses Juno Temple (Diane) and Riley Keough (Jack) make their sweet and lusty young love believable, the sluggish story and character development to match is simply, just- absolutely boring. Peeks into the teens’ backstories: Jack’s brother’s lovesick suicide, and Diane’s exile to France- so her co-dependent twin sister (back in England) can learn to stand on her own feet- provide the most interesting peaks, but the bulk of the film is stuck way down in the valley.


Although it doesn’t do very much to further plot or character, it is worth noting Kylie Minogue’s cameo as the heavily tattooed older woman Jack seems to return to when running from her feelings. The down-under pop-star also contributed to the soundtrack.

This is where you may be asking, “But what about the werewolves?” 


Yes, there is a tease, straight from the title sequence, of a grisly transformation from innocent girl to horrific, heart-devouring monster, but guess what? It is just a metaphor for the all-consuming passion that accompanies Jack and Diane’s true love. A captivating idea, providing opportunity for poorly integrated, provocative images, that only serve to create a confused, frustrating, detracting feeling of never fulfilled anticipation.

Since arriving on the indie-film scene, Bradly Rust Grey has received praise for his depth in patiently crafting delicate tones and graceful images, which remains true in Jack and Diane, but technical mastery and small-moment indulgence aside, the underwhelming script fails to fill-in the rest of what an audience craves from a feature film experience. (Especially one that promises lesbian-werewolves.) It’s incredibly unsatisfying to know you got it and – no, really - that was all there was to get (now go back to marveling at that beautiful long-shot).

So, if you have your heart set on being engrossed in a coming-of-age lesbian love story, Maria Magenti’s groundbreaking THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE would be a great alternative. For horror fans hoping for some sexy, furry shape-shifting, I’m sure you can find a few TRUE BLOOD episodes with little difficulty. 




Melissa Chesman


Melissa Chesman
Melissa Chesman is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently she is a freelance writer/producer and VP of Development for New York City based production company, Raw Digital. Formerly, Melissa has been a production, development and marketing executive for many NYC based companies such as: Fine Line Features, New Line Cinema, Redeemable Features and Chimera Films.

JACK AND DIANE (Magnolia) can be found on demand.


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