I have not seen this film. I am only responding to one statement by the author, but that statement was at the heart of her review:
"My objection was more practical. Could it be possible she told no one at all about this rape when it happened? Even if she was afraid of her parents' reaction or that the school officials wouldn't believe her, didn't she have a single girlfriend at that high school?"
Actually, this "not telling" phenomenon is quite common, I'm told. It happened to a family member. She was raped. She did get pregnant. She delivered a 5 pound baby on time. But no one knew until about 5—6 weeks before she delivered as she didn't gain that much weight (she always wore loose clothes). We learned that she even continued to have "periods" during her pregnancy. As it turns out, even she was in denial. When her mother began to suspect she was pregnant, she took her to the doctor and even when she saw the baby and heard the heartbeat, she remained in denial. Only counseling helped her deal with it. They had to give her a truth serum to get the story from her. We learned during that time that this is not uncommon. Perhaps your author should do a little research on that subject before making such a comment, even though her reasoning seems perfectly logical and would have been my reaction had I not learned differently.
jeanne 10 22 05