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Lena Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’ Takes a Blunt Look at Sexual Awakening

Revealing a world that is seemingly bland on the outside but rotting on the inside.

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The latest film from writer/director Lena Dunham (creator of HBO’s Girls), Sharp Stick is a coming-of-age story that zeroes in on Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth), a character reviewer Chad Byrnes describes as “a wide-eyed, 26-year-old virgin who dresses like a Seventies grade-school teacher and has a naivete and reserve usually seen in preteens—or the Amish.” Although the actors generally nail their roles (Jon Bernthal does a fantastic job as a husband and father whom a blushing Sarah Jo pulls into an affair) viewers might ask whether they’re watching a farce or a heartfelt drama as the narrative vacillates between high camp and contemplative tear-jerker. Dunham is willing to take chances and so, while Sharp Stick might be unfocused—even sloppy—it is never boring.

Get Byrnes’ full review and the film’s trailer at the L.A. Weekly. —VV editors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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