Why ‘Flower’ Will Make You Cringe … and Cheer Its Star

In the opening scene of Max Winkler’s “Flower,” the premise is firmly and shockingly established.

Erica (Zoey Deutch) and her friends are young teens with a successful moneymaking scheme. While Erica seduces grown men, her pals film the encounters, then appear and blackmail their targets.

As if this wasn’t icky enough, Erica and her friends (who are around 17) are targeting local perverts and have gone through scores of them for financial gain. Winkler’s film is a dark comedy, which doesn’t make this any easier to embrace.

Erica is the daughter of a free spirited mother (well played by Kathryn Hahn) and an unseen father serving a prison term. Adding complications to her life of high school and high crimes are the arrival of Mom’s new...

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Mar 23rd 2018
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