“Good Girl Jane” overstays its welcome as it follows the downfall of a girl who falls in love with a dealer after suffering neglect and bullying.


Director(s) Sarah Elizabeth Mintz
Screenplay By Sarah Elizabeth Mintz
Date Released (Film Festival – )  
Genre(s) Crime, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Duration 1 Hour, 57 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Jane Rain Spencer
Bailey Odessa A’zion
Jamie Patrick Gibson

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Film Summary

Thanks to a massive amount of bullying she experienced, Jane and her family had to uproot their lives and switch to another school district. There, things aren’t necessarily better for Jane is still bullied online and feels as isolated as ever since her mother is critical, her father largely absent, and Jane’s sister befriends the type of people who bully Jane. So, for a moment, it seemed like a blessing to meet Bailey and eventually Jamie.

However, Bailey’s group of friends, skaters who enjoy coke and other drugs, leads Jane to go astray as she falls for their dealer, Jamie, and finds herself in a dependent relationship, with drugs making them a throuple.

Things To Note

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Cursing (Yes), Violence (Minor Fights), Sexual Content (Partial nudity, sexual situations), Miscellaneous (Drug Use)

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Jane

Jane has been bullied for quite some time now, and it went from in-person harassment to now being online. Because of that, she is a bit shy about making friends at her new school and usually just goes to school and goes straight home. But with her chat message app flooded with derogatory statements and her being pushed to kill herself, paired with a mom who puts down her music and offers other snide comments, Jane is as isolated as ever.

Bailey

Bailey could be seen as the group’s leader and the group’s connection when it comes to Jamie, who she was close enough to, at one time, to let him borrow her car. However, in time, she finds herself sidelined for Jane.

Jamie

Jamie is a 21-year-old drug dealer who seems to not have any strong relationships with people his age, especially women, so he instead finds high school girls like Bailey and Jane who, with charm or drugs, he can seduce.

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Highlights

Effects Of CyberBullying

As shown in films like “Audrie & Daisy,” the internet has given birth to a new level of bullying. Now you aren’t necessarily safe just because you left the mutual territory you and your bully share. With the internet, even in 2005, when “Good Girl Jane” takes place, there is no safe space. Their vitriol can now find you on multiple platforms, and they can do everything anonymously – in a realm where school officials can do very little and even the justice system has to make quite an effort to exert any control. And while things don’t get as dire as Audrie and Daisy’s lives got, you can see Jane spiraling to the point of your empathy creating a tightness in your chest. Heck, if you went through what she did, maybe even tears.

Jane’s Vulnerability

Which is the hook when it comes to this movie. Jane’s vulnerability, her downward spiral, as dramatic as it may seem in parts, it doesn’t have that flare of “Euphoria” or even “13 Reasons Why.” Going from being bullied and isolated to finding a group and being preyed upon but thinking you found love, it doesn’t feel farfetched. Who hasn’t known someone who was left longing by family and their community who, when adopted by outcasts, didn’t adapt to fit in?

It’s just sad to watch since you can see Jane’s mother, with all her micro-aggressions, was probably Jane’s first bully, and though Jane’s sister is nice, she can’t compensate for all Jane wants and needs in friends her own age and who she can truly feel connected with.

On The Fence

It Felt Way Too Long

Granted, maybe it is the subject matter that made this feel unnecessarily long or, simply put, not a whole lot happening. Once Jane hits rock bottom with Jamie, it doesn’t really explore addiction or gives Jamie notable layers as a person. We pretty much just watch Jane get comfortable with being at rock bottom, and even when she seeks help, the feeling you got seeing her struggle before isn’t reinvigorated when she realizes her relationship with Jamie is toxic.

Because of that, you don’t get a renewed interest in Jane’s life as she finds herself watching Jamie’s fall apart. At that point, you are just looking at the clock wine down and figure that, since you made it this far, you minas well see it through.

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On The Radar


Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Our Rating:

79% Mixed (Divisive)

Perhaps the Achilles' heel for “Good Girl Jane” is that it dwells too long on Jane hitting rock bottom. All the while, it doesn’t have her explore the space of being at her lowest, dependent on someone to bring her joy, but just has bad things happening around her. Which, considering how the film starts, leaves you becoming disconnected and checking how much longer is left as you figure you’ve come this far and maybe the film can bounce back.

  • It Felt Way Too Long 73 %
  • Jane’s Vulnerability 82 %
  • Effects Of CyberBullying 83 %


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