What a trip this one is. Making movies based on prose novels is not an easy thing. I would bet even the book was more immersive than this film, (similar to The Red Tent) but for what it's worth, this one had me hooked. It Chronicles 10 years in the life of a young woman simply named Jolene, who after a childhood of being raised in the foster system is emancipated early and forced to grow up in a world that throws a plethora of curve balls at her in regards to life especially relationships, whilst trying to make a life for herself. Each partner she hooks up with reads like chapters in a book some hilarious, others shocking, others gruesome and ending in a clinging of hope. There's a voiceover in the film's ending where Jolene states that dsspite being 25 she is younger than she looks in potential actress roles, and i would say it's an almost self critique of the actress that portrays her, Jessica Chastain's performance was just amazing, she plays the almost naive impressionable teenager quite well, in the first half of the film, and with every partner encounter you could see her mature slowly but surely into a woman that always bounced back despite the utter madness of her stories. The partners she hooks up with can be a separate review and it's quite a bunch. All I can say is, some are tragic, some are creepy, some are hilarious, some turn out Heavenly at first making the crash to reality all the more painful, but the last and sixth one is quite a whiplash, starts off comedic but immediately takes a dark turn, and wouldn't you know, it involves a Christian, who turns out to be the slimiest, most entitled, arrogant, pretentious, disgusting, weak, monstrous pile of pig excrement ever imagined, he is the one I can describe here, because he struck an angry cord to me, and I just could not be quiet about it. Ladies, if you ever meet a man like this, keep your radar up, and if your gut is telling you to run away, run far away and never look back.
All in all, quite a Rollercoaster ride of a film, hilarious, creepy, dramatic, dark, and a little hope sprinkled in. Not for the faint of heart.
Ps I imagine the book is a little better.