"When 17-year-old Kelly (Paulina Singer) sneaks out to the city one night with her friends, she isn’t expecting to meet Hollywood’s hottest actor, Christian Booth (François Arnaud). To Kelly’s surprise, Christian contacts her and they begin spending time together. When her father (James Franco) finds out about the relationship — and the wide age gap — he demands that Kelly stop seeing Christian. As Christian’s adoration turns into obsession, Kelly realizes that she’s put her family in danger." That is the official description for High School Lover, now available on DVD and Digital from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a DVD NFR copy for review.
I'm really not sure what James Franco was thinking when he decided to take part in the High School Lover film project. Maybe he wanted to bring more awareness to underage dating? Or perhaps capitalize on the current trend of celebrities and sexual misconduct that's currently dominating the daily news? No matter what the reason, High School Lover is an amateurish made-for-TV movie that is only getting attention because of Franco's participation.
The basic premise of the film is that 17-year-old Kelly (Singer) meets celebrity Christian Booth (Arnaud) and the two start dating. When Kelly's father (Franco) forbids her to see Booth because of their age difference, Kelly does what many rebellious teenagers might do and keeps seeing Booth anyway. Unfortunately for Kelly, Booth is the unstable stalker type and from that point in the script, the film takes on a Fatal Attraction spin, but it does so unsuccessfully. The actors try their best to make the film work, but the script just gets in their way.
Surprisingly, the film production is quite good. The DVD provides nice picture and sound with clean visuals and clear dialogue throughout. The film doesn't include any bonus features.
Luckily for James Franco, the failure of High School Lover won't really tarnish his career at all. He's a fine actor and he's done a lot of good work over the years. Unfortunately, the other actors in this film may not be as fortunate. In any case, High School Lover isn't a film I can recommend.
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