Teenage Cocktail (2016)

Teenage Cocktail
Director: John Carchietta
Writer: John Carchietta, Sage Bannick, Chris Sivertson
Cast: Nichole Sakura, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Michelle Borth, Joshua Leonard, AJ Bowen, Zak Henri, Lou Wegner
Seen on: 11.5.2019

Plot:
Annie (Nichole Sakura) just moved to a new town and feels insecure. When she meets Jules (Fabianne Therese) in school, she is drawn to her strength and free spirit and the two girls quickly become friends and even fall in love. They dream of leaving their small town behind and starting a new life in New York. But those dreams need cash, and the easiest way to get cash for two young, pretty girls is to do some “modeling” online. That soon turns to more.

Teenage Cocktail is yet another film about two women falling in love that gets ruined by the male gaze. It’s a pity.

The film poster showing Annie (Nichole Sakura) and Jules (Fabianne Therese) in cat masks and not a lot of clothes looking at a notebook.

The fethishization of Annie and Jules and the incessant male gaze are not the film’s only problem, but definitely its biggest. I did like Annie and Jules and I rooted for them, but I never felt like the film was actually interested in them as people – it was much more interested in watching two girls make out. Ooooh, look how hot. It is pretty insufferable.

This makes rooting for the girls harder than it should be and considering that the rest of the film that isn’t objectification is actually pretty boring. The story just isn’t all that interesting, apart from the romance between Jules and Annie.

Annie (Nichole Sakura) and Jules (Fabianne Therese) having dinner with Frank (Pat Healy).

The film’s pacing is good and the two leading actors are engaging and that was just about enough to keep me watching the film until the end. Also because I kept hoping that there would be some emotional payoff for me in the end (I guess, I do have a romantic side), or any kind of payoff, really.

But it never comes – the film is much too busy with the sex here, and that’s obviously the only thing it cares for. And I didn’t – not like that, all male gazey objectification and nothing behind that.

Annie (Nichole Sakura) and Jules (Fabianne Therese) drinking milkshakes together.

Summarizing: skip it.

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