Towelhead

Me and Glad watched Towelhead last night. Wow, kinda a crazy movie. Still don’t know what to think of it. I think I enjoyed it for the most part. Parts of it, I didn’t care about. This movie is not for everyone, that’s for damn sure. I think a big thing that ruined it is that Aaron Eckhart accent. He tried pulling off a southern Texan accent, and I think he did a shitty job at it. Some of the acting wasn’t the best. I would have to say that Summer Bishil, and Peter Macdissi did a good job on the acting side of things.

I stole this next bit from imdb.com of what the movie is about.

A 13 year old girl looks for direction on her own sexual development in all the wrong places. Something that is very natural and not a bad thing gets turned into a seedy, disgusting act thanks to her pedophile of a neighbor. If anything, this film should serve as a cautionary tale to all parents.

Stole the rest of this from the same thing on imdb.com.

I finally saw this movie recently and I was blown away of how real this movie was. Nobody likes to talk about “sexual awakenings” of teens. It’s considered taboo in American culture. We are all supposed to believe that teens grow into adulthood fully formed as sexual beings without having any practice or knowledge beforehand. That is absolutely not true. While there have been films that have dealt with this topic before, frank portrayals such as this one have been largely ignored.

When you are a teen, you start developing these feelings and become so confused about them. They are embarrassing and it’s even worse if the adults around you do nothing to help you sort them out. Jasira’s father is petrified at the idea of his little girl becoming a woman and it’s obvious he will do anything to prevent that from happening. My mother was the same way. I knew what sex was at that age (somewhat) but was forbidden to even talk about it. I got curious once and broached the subject with my mother. She grounded me because I said the word condom! It’s no wonder teens turn to each other for information on the subject! I was lucky because my mother put such a fear of God into me about sex that I was well into my early twenties and in college before I even experienced it. However, this movie reminded me of how I felt during that time.

How are teens supposed to discover who they are sexually without discussing it in a responsible manner? I disapprove of teens having sex for many reasons. Pregnancy and STDs are the most obvious ones, but I’m more concerned about the emotional effect sex has on young teens. Engaging in activities that you aren’t mature enough to handle could damage a teenager which could have a negative impact on their adult lives. Shrinks tell us all the time that our childhood experiences are what makes us as adults. I normally don’t agree with this because I see it as nothing but a cop-out for irresponsible behavior later in life. “oh, I was neglected or beaten as a child, thus it’s okay that I continue this cycle to someone else.” That’s crap since by the time you are an adult you are FULLY aware of right and wrong. However, your developing attitudes about sex has the effect of how you would view it in adulthood as well as how you would educate your own children about it. There are many experiences that teens go through where they have to find out for themselves so they can make a sound judgement on it. Sex is NOT one of those. Adults should be around to make sure the teen is comfortable enough to talk about it, then guide them to make the right decision (in other words, waiting until they are an adult themselves). Teens get pregnant more now then ever before and STD infections amongst teens has grown exponentially in the past 10 years. Why is that? Because we adults aren’t talking about sex to them and educating them properly on the dangers of being cavalier with sex.

All in all, this movie definitely made me think. Poor Jasira looks for direction on her own sexual development in all the wrong places. Something that is very natural and not a bad thing gets turned into a seedy, disgusting act thanks to her pedophile of a neighbor. If anything, this film should serve as a cautionary tale to all parents. Two thumbs up for this film for me!

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