Seth Kellermann: Film review glosses over criminal act against minor |

Seth Kellermann: Film review glosses over criminal act against minor

On Aug. 6, I read the article, “Review: ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is strikingly intimate.” I wonder, did you happen to read this article before you printed it in your paper?

The film is apparently about a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco in the 1970s. Jake Coyle, the writer of this piece, asserts that the film “documents the transition she’s been craving … (of her) plunge into sex and adulthood.” The portrayal of this “plunge” is lauded as “gloriously honest.”

We learn that this experience is with her mother’s 35-year old boyfriend, to which Mr. Coyle says, “the age difference, of course, makes this relationship inappropriate, but ‘Diary’ largely withholds that judgment.”

Why judgment would be withheld is never asked nor answered by Mr. Coyle, but the nature of the relationship apparently is reconciled for Mr. Coyle because, the 15-year old girl is “the one who’s choosing her partners and driving the story.”

I am shocked first off at the content of the film, secondly at the reviewer’s blithe description of a criminal act against a minor, and finally that you would seemingly endorse this by putting it in your paper in the Family Focus section no less.

Seth Kellermann

Grass Valley

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