Teen Pauline (McCord) lives with domineering, neurotic mum Phyllis (Lords) and mild-mannered dad Bob (Bart). Her disinterest in her appearance is matched by her increasingly out-there behaviour that stems from her multiple personalities.
Teen eccentric Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) clashes with her rigid mom (Traci Lords) and cowed dad (Roger Bart) over her multiple peculiarities, which include a necrophile fetish that leads to surreal, sexy-but-sick dreams. She also nurtures an ambition to be a surgeon so she can save the life of her sister, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Writer-director Richard Bates Jr.’s debut feature is one of the most extraordinarily odd, impressive films of the year, riffing on teen and horror conventions, showcasing remarkable acting and telling an affecting, shocking story with precision and wit.
Like the lovechild of Carrie and Napoleon Dynamite, Pauline is the oddball hero of a truly impressive, eccentric teen horror.
Reviewed by Kim Newman