- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 10, 2007
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Lions Gate
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Bonnie Root &
Yasmine Bleeth &
Collette Burson &
Stefan Simchowitz &
Entertainment Weekly - 06/23/2000
"...Raunchy....Sweet, silly turns from Root [and the rest of the cast]...
A clever, refreshing take on the "teensploitation" comedy, presented from the female perspective. Stream (Root) and her elite New York City prep school friends Jenny (Hoffmann) and Nell (Vessey) seemingly have it all--brains, looks, money, popularity--but when Stream looses her virginity to the ultra-popular "butter boy" Chad (Roday), she's left feeling that she's missing something... satisfaction. Confused, unfulfilled, and armed with a stack of self-help books, women's magazines and the comically misinformed advice of her peers, Stream besets upon a quest to achieve the ecstasy so often promised, but so rarely delivered.
Collette Burson's clever debut film turns the "teensploitation" genre (AMERICAN PIE, PORKY'S) on its head by presenting the quest for teenage kicks from the female perspective. Bonnie Root (IN THE WEEDS) recalls Molly Ringwald's role in SIXTEEN CANDLES as Stream Hodsell--a smart, slightly sullen senior at an elite New York City prep school who desperately wants to join the ranks of the sexually satisfied. Relying on the misguided wisdom of her friends Jenny (Gabby Hoffman, ALL I WANNA DO) and Nell (Tricia Vessey, GHOST DOG), Stream embarks upon the odyssey for the "Big O." Stream hooks up with the ultra-popular Chad (newcomer James Roday as the archetypal self-obsessed rich jerk) but her fantastic voyage ultimately leads her to the sweet and shy aspiring rebel Henry (Ryan Reynolds, DICK). In addition to a strong young cast, COMING SOON boasts supporting performances by Spalding Gray (GRAY'S ANATOMY) as a machiavellian college admissions guru, Mia Farrow (RECKLESS) as Stream's hilarious New Age mother, and Peter Bogdanovich (LAST PICTURE SHOW) as a pretentious ceramics artist. Under Burson's sensitive, witty direction, this film offers a frank, funny take on female sexuality, and subversively champions a gal's right to have fun without pandering to sexist stereotypes or cliches.
Coming Of Age |
- Released theatrically on May 12, 2000
- Filming location: New York City
- COMING SOON became the center of a controversy over gender biased ratings when the MPAA Ratings deemed Burson's film NC-17 film not long after granting the far racier AMERICAN PIE an R rating.
- For more information, see:
Taubin, Amy "The Pleasure Police" Village Voice, 3 August, 1999, p. 57.
Schillinger, Leisel "Exile in Guyville" New York Magazine, 21 June, 1999, p. 15.