Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Instead, this is a trailer for David Schwimmer‘s second directorial effort, in which a 14-year old girl (Liana Liberato) develops an online relationship with a boy who (shocker) turns out to be not quite what he pretended to be online. The film premiered at TIFF last year, and there was an early trailer cut at the opening of the fall. Now check out this more final trailer, after the break.
This trailer gets dangerously close to fearmongering. Some of it, especially the intertitles, looks like a montage that could be cut into Dateline expose, or an episode of To Catch a Predator. Online interaction is bad! (It isn’t, but for kids emerging into sexuality it definitely represents a frontier laden with traps.)
It seems like there might be a bit more to the film than the basic plotline, however. Or, at least a take on that material that isn’t just a thriller presentation of ‘teen girl is victimized by online predator.’ I’m curious to see how some aspects play, as when the American Apparel sort of ads at the beginning of the trailer must inevitably be compared to pictures the girl takes of herself to send to the online creepo.
Clive Owen is a reliable choice to play the father, and it’s a no-brainer to see Catherine Keener as the mom, though the trailer doesn’t give her much time.
Apple has the trailer and this synopsis:
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A suburban family is torn apart when 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter’s actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.