DVD Review: TEENAGE COCKTAIL

TEENAGE COCKTAIL is the debut feature film from director and co-writer John Carchietta and stars Nichole Bloom, Fabianne Therese, Joshua Leonard, Michelle Borth, River Alexander, Zak Henri, Lou Wegner, Pat Healy and A.J. Bowen.

Two girls trying to navigate the drama and turmoil of high school while dealing with their budding sexuality get drawn into a situation that affects them in ways they can’t foresee. High school student Annie (Nichole Bloom) is having trouble adapting to her new school after a move. She’s bullied by fellow students and can’t connect with her classmates until she meets Jules (Fabianne Therese), a free-spirited girl with dreams of escaping their small town. The two become fast friends and soon spend all their free time together.

After a romance starts to bloom between them, Annie’s inhibitions begin to fade and she discovers Jules makes extra cash by performing flirtatious and seductive webcam shows. Jules convinces Annie to join her, and the two start performing together in order to make enough cash to run away. But when their show attracts a lonely family man (Pat Healy) who becomes obsessed with the two girls, he offers them an opportunity that may lead them toward a darker series of events than they could have ever imagined.

The teenage years are full of bad decision making and I for one remember making plenty of them back in the day. The movie follows Annie and Jules who quickly become best friends and their relationship slowly blossoms into something a little romantic. The two are also rebellious so they come up with a plan to run away to New York. They start doing webcam shows to make some easy money and when desperation hits they decide to take things to the next level so they decide to meet a stranger from the webcam room to make some quick big bucks. The sexual exchange goes smoothly but greed and blackmail come into play because the girls want a little more cash so their customer decides to hunt them down to get his revenge. Needless to say, Annie and Jules’ little business turns into a terrifying ordeal they’ll never forget.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Teenage Cocktail was a movie I didn’t know much about going into it but it ended up being a really good dramatic-thriller for the online generation. The interesting story gives an example of the bad decisions that teenagers sometimes make and in this case it gets these two rebellious girls in a deadly situation with a stranger they meet online. This also shows the dangers of the webcam industry, what else it can potentially lead to, and the desparate predators that prowl around online. I thought Nichole Bloom and Fabianne Therese delivered some fine performances that were complimented by the rest of the cast. For this to be John Carchietta’s directorial debut I thought he did a nice job capturing the blossoming love between these two high school girls and how this sexually driven experience turns into a nightmarish game for them. Teenage Cocktail will be available on DVD on February 13th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: MPI Media Group

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include three short teasers for the movie. (01:13)

 

 

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