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Teenage Cocktail

International Premiere
  • USA
  • 2016
  • 88 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Official Selection: SXSW 2016, Independent Film Festival of Boston 2016

“A potent combination of love and lust and something else… it left me vibrating with anxiety” – Peter Martin, TWITCHFILM

“A beautifully made and intoxicating experience… an incredible feature film debut” – Heather Wixson, DAILY DEAD

Picture-perfect teenagers Annie (Nichole Bloom) and Jules (Fabianne Therese) are in love, and have made a plan. They will run away together, far from their mundane and stifling suburban life. The problem is, they need money. Lots of it, or so they think. Before long, Jules introduces her reluctant partner to the very lucrative world of webcam modeling. Nothing too serious at first, but as they start camming together – and building a clientele – money starts pouring in. One day, a customer named Frank (Pat Healy) reaches out. Seeing in this fellow an opportunity to take things all the way, and score big time, Annie and Jules concoct another plan. But if Taylor Swift’s taught us anything, it’s that band-aids won’t fix bullet holes…

From the producers that brought you STARRY EYES and WE ARE STILL HERE comes John Carchietta’s TEENAGE COCKTAIL, a cautionary tale of sorts about mad teenage love, growing up on the Internet, and making the kind of poor decisions that characterize life lived to its fullest… or shortest. Yet far from moralistic, TEENAGE COCKTAIL’s tone falls somewhere between an amped-up After School Special and that of a soft, high school-set SPRING BREAKERS; it is a saccharine jolt to the bloodstream, its sugar soon coagulating into the shape of a hard, sharp thriller. Carried by the symbiotic relationship of its two lead actresses, Bloom (SHAMELESS) and Therese (THE AGGRESSION SCALE, JOHN DIES AT THE END and SOUTHBOUND), TEENAGE COCKTAIL also features Pat Healy in a mean role that fans of CHEAP THRILLS will surely appreciate. Strap in, get loose, this is not your average coming-of-age!

— Ariel Esteban Cayer