Teenage Cocktail Review
Synopsis:Feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, Annie and Jules hatch a scheme of running away. But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you. Sometimes violently.
Teenage Cocktail (2016) is 88 minutes American drama thriller film that was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director and co-writer John Carchietta (The Hills Run Red (2009), Damnation (2009), Late Fee (2009), The Pick Up (2009)) did a marvelous job executing this movie that is nothing close to the horror genre. I love how the director explores how the internet can be a dangerous place for teenagers and how they can use their wrong judgment which may result in devastating events.
Teenage Cocktail revolves around Annie (Nichole Bloom - Project X (2012), Model Minority (2012), Until Dawn (2015)) who is unsure about the world and her new environment. Annie is not sure how she fits into her new school until she met her classmate Jules. Jules (Fabianne Therese - Starry Eyes (2014), John Dies at the End (2012), Endless Love (2014), Scale The Aggression Scale (2012)) has a carefree attitude and does not mind doing wild things. I was shocked out of my mind upon seeing the girls becoming more than school friends who have sleepovers - I did not see that coming. Annie did not take long to lose herself as she began doing one reckless thing after another with the help/influence of Jules. Annie’s parents, Lynn and Tom are not thrilled that their beautiful young daughter who had clear thinking is now doing bizarre things.
Annie and Jules decide to go on an adventurous trip because they think that their hometown is too small, and there is so much more to life than being confined in a small town. The girls began modeling on the internet to earn cash for their escape to the Big Apple. Jules is not pleased with the income from modeling on the web, so she began making money by having sexual encounters with strangers. Annie was not happy with the idea but was soon talked into it by her love, Jules. Annie gave in and met Frank (Pat Healy - Magnolia (1999), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Rescue Dawn (2006), Cheap Thrills (2013)) who is an older aged man. Frank agreed to pay five thousand dollars for a night with Annie but will the night be worth it after she encounters an unforgettable experience.
The script was written with a lot of thought as it did an extraordinary job exploring how the internet can be dangerous. Teenage Cocktail is different from several other movies including those on Lifetime because it was more detailed and captured how things can get deadly with one mistake. Innocent kids can be persuaded to do the wrong things leaving the parents almost helpless as their lives are at stake. I have three children, and it is hard to monitor everything they do on the internet, even with parents safety, so it is scary to see this movie and think of the what if’s. The best thing to do is not think about the what if’s and hope for your child to not be talked into doing anything dangerous. Nicole Bloom and Fabianne Therese did a fantastic job with their performances, and it could not have been better as it was believable with different emotions being felt by the viewers. I recommend all parents to watch Teenage Cocktail at least once as a reminder of what our teenage kids may go through that we cannot see or know. Although parents know how dangerous the world can be, this movie is a gentle reminder that will awaken you.
About Teenage Cocktail (2016)
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Writers: John Carchietta, Sage Bannick, Chris Sivertson, Amelia Yokel
Director: John Carchietta