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  1. When we initially meet Lena on the first day of school, her tattoo says 104, but the next school scene, which is presumably the next day, her tattoo says 79. Is that poor editing or did almost a month pass between scenes? The teacher says they'll be talking about To Kill a Mockingbird, "which you should have read over the summer," so that seems like a beginning-of-the-school-year lesson. Also, the English teacher's name is Mrs. Hester, parhaps a nod to The Scarlett Letter?

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  2. Lena mentions in an almost throwaway line that Macon used to be Dark but changed so he could watch over her. Then someone at Thanksgiving tells Ridley to leave because once she's Dark, she's not allowed back home.


    So...if Dark Casters aren't allowed "back home," then why has Macon stayed at the Ravenwood place? And while I understand that men can change between dark and light but women can't (*GROAN*), it seems like a pretty flimsy setup since Lena is almost 16 and has bounced from place to place. Why didn't Macon try raising her somewhere else? Or did he move around with her and that's why he hadn't been seen in decades?

  3. Also, one thing that was kinda glossed over in regards to how they can live these seemingly care-free lives at this expensive looking home on the beach was that the dead husband apparently left Naomi Watts a hefty life insurance policy along with some other type of inheritance, which was a bigger part of the novella.

    Around minute 52 in the film, Ian leaves Western Yacht and someone says "Goodbye, Mr Western." So the yacht company was either the dead husband's or it was his and Lil's (Naomi Watts), so it became solely hers when he died. Perhaps there was also a life insurance policy or money left to her in the will, but it seems that Lil has been competent enough to keep the yacht business afloat all on her own (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun). Plus, it makes sense that it's a family business; how else could Ian land what seems to be a big job there at like age 20?

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  4. Hi, I'm new to the forums but this movie bothered me so much that I had to join.


    One thing that really stuck out to me is this: Lil's and Roz's wedding bands. Why does Lil wear her wedding band even 10+ years after her husband's death? After the funeral scene we have a time jump and she doesn't seem very upset about losing him. She certainly doesn't let loyalty to her deceased husband stop her from sleeping with Tom. And when comparing her marriage to Roz's, she quite casually brings up all of her husband's "girlfriends" knocking on their door and his drinking. So why keep wearing the ring? And along that same line, why does Roz keep hers after divorcing her husband, especially since it's implied that she initiated the divorce ("I'm not moving to Sydney")? [Please note that I'm not trying to dismiss the grieving processes for the death of a person or the end of a marriage. It just seems that in this film, it doesn't make sense for the women to keep wearing a traditional symbol of marriage once theirs are, for different reasons, over.]


    Many of you have mentioned how nothing really happens in the film, or how stuff is glossed over so quickly. The podcast talked about it too. For me, I would have liked a scene where Lil is toying with her wedding band before finally taking it off. It would have been a simple but effective way to show this isn't just a fling. In fact, I figured that's why Lil was still wearing hers, so I kept waiting for her to take it off or to be in a scene without it--something that showed character development or drove the plot forward. But wanting character development and/or a plot in this film is, it turned out, asking for too much.

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