Very Good Girls (R)
Drama 91 July 25, 2014
Very Good Girls is the directorial debut of Naomi Foner, whose Oscar-nominated script for Running on Empty (1988), starring the late River Phoenix, is a thing of beauty. At age 68, Foner has stepped behind the camera, which is great, but she's written herself a script that's painfully trite. Lilly's mother (Ellen Barkin) is a shrewish psychiatrist, and her father (Clark Gregg) a womanizing doctor, while Gerri's folks (Richard Dreyfuss and Demi Moore) are old-school hippies. Pairing Dreyfuss with Moore and Barkin with Gregg is indicative of a film that feels as if it had been cast with available friends instead of actors who fit the roles. Fanning and Olsen work hard, but there's not much they can do with Lilly and Gerri, who mostly stand around, waiting for the handsome man to look their way.