on May 02, 1997 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   Bonding between females is a hot movie topic, and "Ripe" buys into the false motifs of such dramas, in which the men are usually bad and the women are their victims. Here, the two protagonists are 5-year-old fraternal twins, first seen as young children being errorized by their abusive father. Years later, the parents are illed in a car crash, and the two girls decide to flee the accident nd head out on their own. The events that follow are among the most absurd in any recent American movie. Tomboyish Rosie (Daisy Eagan) and innocent but seductive Violet (Monica Keena) stumble onto and freely roam an army base with the most lax discipline this side of Beetle Bailey, where they hook up with Pete (Gordon Currie), the base's longhaired handyman. Trouble follows. br>   Nothing in "Ripe" rings true. The movie is sometimes coy--Pete takes them to the base's annual dance—but other times it's graphic, as when Violet nearly gets raped. Writer/director Mo Ogrodnik seems to want to condemn a world that stunts the sexuality of young women, but the two actresses as leads are so inexpressive, and their situtations so unsubtle, that "Ripe" says nothing. This half-baked film never earns its title.    Starring Monica Keena, Daisy Eagan and Gordon Currie. Directed and written by Mo Ogrodnik. Produced by Suzy Lands and Tom Razzano. A Trimark release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 93 min. Screened at the Toronto fest.
Tags: Starring Monica Keena, Daisy Eagan, Gordon Currie, Directed and written by Mo Ogrodnik, Produced by Suzy Lands, Tom Razzano, Trimark, Drama

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