April 1st 2011
  • ,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Viola Davis, Jason Clarke, Noah Emmerich, Brandon Molale, Nicole Forester, Jordan Trovillion, Liana Liberato, Noah Crawford, Sarab Kamoo, Gordon Michaels, Garrett Ryan, Chris Henry Coffey, Inga R. Wilson, Laura Niemi, Milica Govich, Olivia Wickline, Tristan Peach, Jennifer Kincer, Aislinn DeButch, Zanny Laird, Spencer Curnutt, Nathan Zylich, Yolanda Mendoza
  • Director: David Schwimmer
  • Writers: Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger
  • Producers: Ed Cathell III, Dana Golomb, Robert Greenhut, Tom Hodges, Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, David Schwimmer
  • Executive Producers: Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson
  • Art Direction: Kerry Sanders
  • Casting: Carrie Ray
  • D.O.P.: Andrzej Sekula
  • Editor: Douglas Crise
  • Makeup: Elizabeth Colburn
  • Music: Nathan Larson
  • Production Design: Michael Shaw
  • Set Decoration: James V. Kent


A suburban family is torn apart when 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Michigan, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence
  • Production Companies: Dark Harbor Stories, Millennium Films

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2011 Guide Analysis: Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival last year, reviews were good but nothing special for this rather confronting cautionary tale about the emotional fallout of rape mixed with the anonymity and dangers of online dating. While there's been several shows and films which have dealt with the idea of sexual predators online, they usually go over the top with their focus on the sicker aspects.

Others try to wrap up the issue in a simple moral message which is frankly appalling considering the subject matter. Here, "Friends" star turned filmmaker David Schwimmer demonstrates restraint and a focus on realism. There's an investigation by the FBI into the rapist, but it's a side plot and avoids slipping into some kind of chase movie.

Most of the film though is locked on the family's perspective - the girl's infatuation with her suitor despite his heinous act, her father's obsessiveness over what happened and internal struggle of anger and disbelief. The film isn't afraid to paint these victims as flawed and human, a brave thing with subject matter so provocative, though that doesn't make it any easier to sit through.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 May 2011: Portugal
  • 22 July 2011: UK