"Jack and Diane" DVD review, written by: Karen Benardello
Creating enthralling, unique coming-of-age romance films involving teenagers experimenting with new found emotions can pose a challenge to many writer-directors. The romance drama “Jack and Diane,” which is now available on DVD at New York Walmart locations, after having its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, not only aims to showcase the startling, emerging feelings between the two title characters, but also aspires to incorporate unexpected elements of horror. While the two well-cast main actresses in the movie emotionally show the struggles of their characters, the inclusion of the horror subplot unfortunately takes away from the otherwise intriguing story.
“Jack and Diane” follows tomboy Jack (played by Riley Keough) and the outgoing Diane (portrayed by Juno Temple), as they meet and fall in love over the summer in New York City. But Jack's tough personality and Diane's reserved innocence and hesitance over starting a romantic relationship with another girl doesn't prepare either one for the ever growing feelings the two are developing for each other. When Diane finally reveals to Jack that her Aunt Linda (played by Cara Seymour) is sending her to Paris at the end of the summer for a school program, Jack begins to push her away. As Diane struggles to maintain their growing relationship, despite her aunt's objections over their romance, Diane tries to conceal from Jack the dark and violent visions she's been having of transforming into a werewolf.
The “Jack and Diane” DVD offers a limited insight into the making of the horror romance drama, with a select few bonus features, including a Behind the Scenes look at the making of the film and the AXS TV: A Look at Jack & Diane featurette. The DVD bonus features also include the movie’s Theatrical Trailer.
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