Clearly, Schwimmer didn't get it. The one person in the room who didn't have to be there was a girl who could have better spent the day in an eighth-grade classroom. There is no such thing as a "respectful" rape scene with a 14-year-old actress.
Time magazine critic Mary Pols described the end product as an "innocence snuff film" and found it "excruciating to watch" actress Liberato in her underwear, appearing delicate and awkward, be assaulted on screen. It was so unsettling, she wrote, that "had I not been obliged to stay, I could easily have seen myself storming out of the theater at that point, spitting about prurience and such."
Pols tried to resist the urge to "spit" like a prude ... or a parent. But Pols argued that "the film gains power in its gritty depiction of the aftermath."
For some, this may recall the filming of then-12-year-old Dakota Fanning, the star of "Charlotte's Web" and other family films like "The Cat in the Hat," in a five-minute rape scene in a little movie that never went anywhere called "Hounddog." Some adult scenes should cause a director to look for an adult with a childlike quality instead of an actual child.
Sometimes, Hollywood directors take uber-realism to new heights of silliness. When making "Titanic," director James Cameron demanded the set include carpeting woven by the original suppliers of Titanic's carpets and meticulously reproduced plates and silverware with the White Star Line crest on each piece. But when you film rape scenes with 14-year-olds, you've gone over the top. This simply should not happen.
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