Good Girl Jane: Review

Good Girl Jane is a dark coming of age drama about a young girl who seemingly has the same problems that any other girl her age would have. She does well at school, but she still feels pressured to act and dress a certain way and she feels trapped.

Jane (Rain Spencer) has always done well at school, she’s reliable and trustworthy and nobody expects her to misbehave. However, there’s something going on with Jane that she can’t talk to with anybody else.

Her mother (Andie MacDowell) doesn’t understand her, thinks she listens to bad music and criticises her appearance, leaving Jane feeling alone. She has friends though, but she’s in her own head a lot and feels like nobody else understands until she meets Jamie (Patrick Gibson).

Jamie is tall and good looking and he seems to have everything under control, he’s the kind of man that Jane needs in her life and while they get to know each other they find themselves falling in love. However, Jamie’s business is in drugs and before she realises it, he’s dragged Jane down with him.



Good Girl Jane is a dark coming of age drama about a young girl who seemingly has the same problems that any other girl her age would have. She does well at school, but she still feels pressured to act and dress a certain way and she feels trapped.

The film comes across as the type of film that a teenage audience may be able to relate to as they can understand the pressures from family and friends that might pile upon them. However, it also may be a parent’s worst nightmare.

Written and directed by Sarah Elizabeth Mintz and based on her short film of the same name, Good Girl Jane feels at its best when Jane and Jamie are together. On the one hand you show a loving relationship between two teenagers, but on the other hand it may alarm some adults as to how intimate they get and how often it happens.

What really comes through though is Jamie’s manipulation and thanks to Spencer and Gibson’s performances, it feels real and Jane may realise his influence at the same time as the audience. A story which has often been told, Good Girl Jane just about manages to avoid the cliches and feel real while telling a compelling story which doesn’t preach about drugs or sex, but shows reality.


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