'Margaret' is a film that almost did not come to be, following rancorous lawsuits and a decision that was 'unreleasable." Despite misgivings over director Kenneth Lonergan's tortured editing, Fox was not willing to give up on him but did finally resort to using the famed Martin Scorcese to touch up the film for its theatrical release.
The film has an all-star cast of youngish thespians, including Matt Damon (of the Bourne trilogy), Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), among others. It is billed as a coming-of-age story. Given the current definition of such dramas about maturation, there are the requisites scenes of nudity, illicit sexuality and drug-taking.
Author and movie reviewer, James Bowman - a critic of modern mores, and a gentleman to be sure - says that it is worth watching. Writes Bowman, "You will, perhaps, see what I mean about the film's trying to do too much. Any one of these things could make an interesting subject for a film in itself but, taken all together, they produce an aesthetically and emotionally wearying effect. Yet in spite of its excesses and the structural problems they create, anyone with the patience to sit through Margaret will be rewarded with much that is worth watching, so talented is the director and his splendid cast. In some ways, even the chaos and indiscipline have their own contributions to make to the film's portrait of moral confusion and rootlessness."
Indeed, Margaret may be worth watching, but don't take the kids.
Three reasons to watch it
1. L.A. Weekly says it is the best film of 2012.
2. All star cast.
3. 150 minutes of titillation.
This film has been rated R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and drug use.
Did you know?
The theatrical release of 'Margaret' was directed by none other than Martin Scorcese, the director of 'Taxi Driver' and 'Hugo'.