I don’t normally feel uncomfortable while watching movies, but I did during ‘Young and Wild’. This Chilean movie is the teenage girl edition of ‘Shame’, only with, if you can believe it, more explicit sex.
Why did I feel uncomfortable? There are a couple reasons. First, the movie is about a seventeen-year-old girl who has the sexual libido of an entire high school of teenagers put together. I know that the actress portraying her is of age, but it’s still hard for me to watch a movie about an underage girl performing explicit sexual activities and not feel, more than a few times, “Should I be watching this?” The second reason has to do with the fact that I was sitting only a few seats away from the movie’s star. That’s a really weird experience, to tell you the truth. There she is, up on screen stark naked, having sex with just about everything that walks, and there I am sitting a few seats away from her. Awkward. At least it was for me.
Is ‘Young and Wild’ a bad movie? No, it’s actually a well put-together indie that makes ‘Shame’ look tame in comparison. It doesn’t pull any punches. Truthfully, I’d be surprised if it can even get away with an NC-17 rating, judging by the cut I saw. It’ll either have to be cut down for American distribution or released unrated.
The movie speaks to the internet generation. The main character uses her blog to discuss her sexual exploits with cyberspace, all the while dealing with religious pressure from her family to be baptized in their faith.
There’s a lot of youthful energy here, and the movie feels like it knows what it wants to say. It goes a bit overboard with its weird imagery and its constant sexual activity. She has sex a lot — we get it!
I didn’t hate ‘Young and Wild’, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel uncomfortable watching it. Just like ‘Shame’, it’s a tough movie to get through, made even tougher by the fact that the people you’re watching are supposed to be minors.
I don’t think there’s any way this gets wide American distribution, but I could be wrong. Either way, I don’t think I’ll ever watch it again.