Coming of Age is a film about a girl who goes to private school in New York City, and with the help of her friends, tries to find a way to achieve an orgasm. It sounds eerily family to The OH in Ohio, a more recent Parker Posey film I watched and enjoyed.
The only differences between that film and this one are that Coming Soon was released several years before The OH in Ohio was conceived, but that ironically enough, OH was executed a lot more efficient…y and humorously than Coming Soon was. Perhaps it’s because the characters in Coming Soon are a bunch of spoiled little rich girls that, when left to fend for themselves, call their limo drivers to take them back to their hotels. What, you really want to know about the people in this film? OK, well the main character is some girl named Stream (Bonnie Root, Don’t Tell) who has problems “arriving”, despite the help she gets from her friends Jenny (Gaby Hoffman, Field of Dreams) and Nell (Tricia Vessey, Town and Country).
The movie is probably more notable for those that are more soft-spoken performers than those that star in it. Mia Farrow (The Ex) appears as Stream’s mother, Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy fame appears in a bit role, Ashton Kutcher (That ‘70s Show) briefly appears as Jenny’s boyfriend, and Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder) stars as the guy that Stream starts to fall for. That may be a helluva lot more interesting than this hour and thirty minute waste of time.
Dolby Stereo and very little else. Sounds OK, all things considered.
The film hypes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, and it starts out that way, but a third of the way through, switches and sticks to non-anamorphic for the rest of it. Nothing like a crappy video presentation to get on my nerves.
Previews for other valued Lion’s Gate films, including a goofy little Ben Affleck film where he acts like Jerry Maguire or something.
The people and events in Coming of Age have been done hundreds of times before and since, by people who are more charismatic with stories that are more appealing than done by brats who think they’re too smart for the room. It’s cute to see on TV, and that’s about it.
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