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THE FEATURE DEBUT OF THE LATE UNDERGROUND WRITER-DIRECTOR SARAH JACOBSON IS A DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT VENTURE THAN HER CAUSTIC SHORT "I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER". LESS SHOCKING AND MORE CHARACTER DRIVEN, THIS IS A SMART, CHARMING PROFILE WHICH RAMBLES ALONG AT IT'S OWN PACE, TACKLES REAL TEENAGE CONCERNS, AND IS FUELED BY MOMENTS OF CASUAL, LOW-BUDGET REALITY (a la PENELOPE SPHEERIS' "SUBURBIA"). LISA GERSTEIN STARS AS JANE, A SUBURBAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO LOSES HER VIRGINITY TO A CALLOUS DICKHEAD (IN A SCENE FAR FROM HER ROMANTIC EXPECTATIONS), WHICH LEAVES HER CYNICAL OF LOVE IN GENERAL. STILL LIVING WITH HER PARENTS WHO ARE TELLINGLY NEVER AT HOME, JANE ALSO WORKS AT AN URBAN MOVIE THEATER, POPULATED BY A MIXED-BAG OF STEREOTYPES, WITH THE THEATER'S GAY OWNER PROVIDING THE CLOSEST THING TO A FATHER FIGURE. BASED ON JACOBSON'S OWN TEENAGE EXPLOITS GROWING UP IN MINNEAPOLIS, GERSTEIN OFFERS UP A REFRESHING MIX OF CONFUSION AND INTELLIGENCE AS JANE, WHO'S NOT ONLY DEALING WITH GRADUATION, BUT HER OWN SEXUALITY AND A LONG LINE OF UNPREDICTABLE MEN. THE SUPPORTING CAST IS A BIT DICIER, BUT REMAIN BELIEVEABLE THANKS TO THE SHARP DIALOGUE. IN FACT, "MARY JANE'S" ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THE FACT THAT SO MANY STUDIO "TEEN FILMS" HAVE USED THE SAME "BREAKFAST CLUB"-ESQUE SCENARIO, WHICH HAS A CAST OF DIVERGENT TEENS INTERACTING ABOUT LOVE, LIFE, & GENERAL ANGST, AGAINST ONE INSULATED SETTING (IN THIS CASE THE THEATER). HOWEVER, JACOBSON IS SAVVY ENOUGH TO AVOID CLICHE AND INSTEAD, EXPERTLY CAPTURES THE VERBAL AND EMOTIONAL GIVE & TAKE WHICH OCCURS BETWEEN FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND ASSORTED SCREW-UPS IN ONE'S LIFE. FEATURES LEGENDARY DEAD KENNEDYS FRONTMAN JELLO BIAFRA AS A BORN AGAIN WINDBAG PLUS AN EARLY APPEARENCE BY DAVEY HAVOC, THE LEAD SINGER OF THE BAY AREA PUNK BAND A.F.I.

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