The Girl

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Erotic, Thriller

Although it's billed as "an erotic thriller" THE GIRL is hardly either--smothering any of its eroticism in a mundane and tedious story and relegating its "thriller" elements to an obscure subplot which is nearly forgotten. The premise is familiar, seen in countless soft-core films--a young girl's sexual hold over an older man causing his destruction. In...read more

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Although it's billed as "an erotic thriller" THE GIRL is hardly either--smothering any of its eroticism in a mundane and tedious story and relegating its "thriller" elements to an obscure subplot which is nearly forgotten. The premise is familiar, seen in countless soft-core films--a

young girl's sexual hold over an older man causing his destruction. In THE GIRL, a British film with a Swedish director and Italian locations, the girl is a 14-year-old played by Powney, an actress who hasn't seen 14 in at least a decade. A combination of Brigitte Bardot, Pippi Longstocking, and

Lucretia Borgia, Powney, with her pigtail hairdo, is the daughter of a powerful general who becomes the object of desire for wealthy lawyer Nero. The two begin a passionate affair which is complicated by journalist Brennan who threatens to expose the sordid story in the press. A relentlessly dumb

movie, THE GIRL tries desperately to be a complex thriller with interwoven stories and subplots. It is so superficial and simpleminded, that it exists only as artsy soft-core pornography which is padded out to an insufferable 104 minutes. Although Powney and Nero have chemistry (they at least seem

comfortable together), their story is too one-dimensional to sustain much interest. The video release has Christopher Lee second-billed, though Lee fans will be heartily disappointed to see that he is on screen for no more than two minutes.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Although it's billed as "an erotic thriller" THE GIRL is hardly either--smothering any of its eroticism in a mundane and tedious story and relegating its "thriller" elements to an obscure subplot which is nearly forgotten. The premise is familiar, seen in… (more)

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