The newest movie from author/director Lena Dunham (creator of HBO’s Ladies), Sharp Stick is a coming-of-age story that zeroes in on Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth), a character reviewer Chad Byrnes describes as “a wide-eyed, 26-year-old virgin who dresses like a Seventies grade-school teacher and has a naivete and reserve usually seen in preteens—or the Amish.” Though the actors typically nail their roles (Jon Bernthal does a unbelievable job as a husband and father whom a blushing Sarah Jo pulls into an affair) viewers would possibly ask whether or not they’re watching a farce or a heartfelt drama because the narrative vacillates between excessive camp and contemplative tear-jerker. Dunham is prepared to take possibilities and so, whereas Sharp Stick is likely to be unfocused—even sloppy—it’s by no means boring.
Get Byrnes’ full review and the film’s trailer at the L.A. Weekly. —VV editors
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