The Virgin Suicides

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Released 1999

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Director:
Sofia Coppola
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
The Virgin Suicides a dark comedy released in 1999 adapted from the novel of the same name. The film is set in the 1970's and explores the emotional ramifications of the Lisbon family as they start to break apart. To the outside world, the Lisbon's seem like the perfect family. The father (James Wood) teaches math at a high school, the mother (Kathleen Turner) is a devout Christian, and their five daughters (A.J. Cook, Kirsten Dunst, Hannah Hall, Leslie Hayman, and Chelse Swain) are beautiful, popular, and coveted. But the family nearly ripped apart when one of the daughters, Celia (Hannah Hall) falls into depression and tries to comit suicide. The father and mother seek help from a psychiatrist (Danny DeVito), who suggest the girls should be able to socialize more with friends and boys. Celia's sister, Lux (Dunst), begins to attract the school heartthrob Trip (Josh Hartnett). After seducing her he leaves her high and dry just before Celia now succeeds in killing herself. Convinced the psychiatrist was dead wrong, the Lisbon parents deny their daughters the freedom to socialize. In rebellion, Lux sneaks out of the house whenever possible to have sexual encounters with whomever will have her.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    (Coppola) has the courage to play it in a minor key.

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Humor prevails throughout, but it doesn't deflate the disturbing elements of the tale, which miraculously manages to stay droll, heartfelt and poignant to the end.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Except perhaps for Lux, who, like The Virgin Suicides itself, is a hothouse flower perishing for want of sunshine and fresh air.

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    Drama

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    parent and child, obsession, forbidden love, dysfuntional families, ensemble cast