Nell (1994)

nellNell (1994)

Directed by: Michael Apted

Starring: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson

two-stars

Another in my “crazy recluse” challenge, this little number with Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson is just… fucking creepy as hell. Not in any sort of good way, either. It’s just… gross. I’m getting the willies just thinking about it.

Jodie Foster is a young woman who was raised in a cabin in the middle of nowhere by her mother who apparently never taught her how to talk before she died. Scientist Liam Neeson finds her on accident and starts studying her primitive speech and communication patterns while at the same time developing a super creepy crush on her that only someone with the gravitas of Neeson can really pull off. He teaches her to leave her cabin in the daytime and to kinda sorta communicate, but it doesn’t work and she has to be put in an asylum to save her from the press. But Liam keeps being all creepy crushy on her.

The romance in this movie is supposed to be sweet and that’s really all the movie is about, but it’s like watching Darth Vader try to seduce Helen Keller, it’s fucking awful in every respect. I can’t even talk about this anymore. Watch this movie if you have no concept of right and wrong and want to see a sweet romance.

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