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Angelina Jolie's strong-willed performance inFoxfireas Legs, the charismatic outsider based on the rebellious character from Joyce Carol Oates's novel, is a very good reason to see this 1996 drama. The film updates the story from the 1950s to the '90s, but for a while the air of teenage angst and confrontation is closer to the legacy of James Dean than gun-toting/body-piercing disaffection. Bold and larger-than-life, Legs quickly gathers a group of adolescent girls around her, each of whom has been sexually abused and is dealing in her own way with the emotional consequences. As expected, the girls plot out their revenge, but even more interesting is the intensity of their bond and rituals, the way they hang out in an abandoned house, their expressions of devotion. So tight and self-protective does this clique become that onlookers--fellow students, parents--become resentful. The final act loses faith somewhat with the mystique of this story, as a few hoary ideas (kidnapping, firearms) breach the film's originality. But what's good is good indeed, and Jolie's performance remains a harbinger of great things to come.--Tom Keogh
ANGELINA and friends ... NUDE !!! Don't get me wrong i'm not a pervert , just a fan of beauty . Her and her co-stars make out and walk around nude during most of the film ...........forget GEA !!!!Awesome movie about right vs wrong and true justice. I loved this movie and would like to watch it over and over. It is about a group of women doing what is RIGHT, no matter what. Legs is the one with the huge sense of right vs wrong and she guides this group. A girl is being forced to cut open a live frog in biology class. Legs sees this as wrong and frees the frog. Girls are being sexually harrassed by a teacher, Legs gets them to stick together and they beat him up. Over and over, Legs sees a wrong and does whatever she can to make it right. She has a huge sense of justice and extremely high ethics, but she does go over the line (or does she? it saves Goldie's life)...when forcing Goldie's father to pay for her rehab at gunpoint. This is a great movie about following your heart and doing what is right, against all odds and against all those who want to do wrong. (And the topless tattoo scene is a huge bonus.) Angelina Jolie is breathtaking in this movie, I wanted to sleep with Legs myself.Some fun, but lacking any depth I love the book by Joyce Carol Oates, which made it hard to like this radically different story. However, I did like Maddy and Legs, the two main characters, but the other characters that made it into the movie are not well developed at all. And the 5 that make up the group "Foxfire" are strangers at the beginning of the movie who we are expected to assume half way through the movie with virtually no dialogue amongst them are closer than sisters.
If you do accept this assumption the second section of the movie will draw you into their world. They are tough, together and having fun. But then again there is a quick shift and the ending flashes through major life events like losing a loved one, crime and drug addiction with no real depth.
Even with drastic cutting from the book the movie obviously tried to tackle too much of that great story and ended up with very little of the sincere connection these girls had and the motivation that their connection gave them to fight against anyone who tried to endanger the closeness of the group.
Read the book, and if you watch the movie don't expect too much from the plot, focus on the two main characters and you might be able to enjoy it.