A sexually curious teen forms an unorthodox kinship with her mentally unstable stepbrother.
Director: Max Winkler
Writers: Alex McAulay, Matt Spicer
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott
Zoey Deutch’s star has been on the constant rise ever since Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, and Flower will only add to the young actor’s fame. Here, Deutch plays Erica, a happy-go-lucky, witty but troubled high-school student, who rakes in cash by performing sexual acts on older men and then using their indecency against them. Yes, it is an icky concept, but Max Winkler’s film is not a “teenage girl and her sexual liberation” film despite what the on-paper description might seem like. When an unstable stepbrother enters Erica’s life through the marriage of her mother (played by the inimitable Kathryn Hahn), Erica’s life takes an unexpected, and even dangerous turn. Flower is a dark comedy with touches of Bonnie and Clyde towards the end and definitely deserves your consideration.
– Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects