Lanie Burroughs (Allison Powell) is an introverted and somewhat abrasive teenage girl. She thinks that her studies are the only thing that’s important so that she can have a good future, and while that’s commendable, it also means that she doesn’t really have any friends.
Lanie also has no interest in sex, she sees it as an unnecessary distraction from what matters to her and doesn’t see the appeal – until she meets Jordan (Damien Alonso). From that moment on she feels that she has to have the full teenage experience. Meaning she wants to have sex with Jordan, but the only person that she can talk to is Steven (George Whitaker) who pays her to teach him maths. However, an insider’s view on what teenage boys like may be just what she needs.
Banging Lanie is a teenage romantic comedy written, directed by and starring Allison Powell. With comparisons in its premise to movies such as Easy A and Booksmart, Banging Lanie similarly shows a teenage romance from the perspective of an outcast teenager. Although it can be a little uneven when talking to its audience.
Powell manages to deliver a performance that’s likeable, funny and like many movies that have come before, may strike a chord with many of its intended audience. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much of a plot that would open up the movie to a wider audience beyond a teenage girl exploring her sexuality for the first time.
There are many moments that audiences come to expect from a movie such as Banging Lanie and while it mostly delivers, there are times that it feels little forced.
With moments where the movie feels a bit too self-aware with dialogue that seems to directly speak to the audience and a final act that adds a little enforced drama, it may not work for everyone.
However, Banging Lanie may be the type of movie that’s good for teenage girls to watch as they get to an age where they feel like they want more. Also, despite its tendency to oversell its message at times, Banging Lanie may still be a strong enough experience for its target audience.
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