Behaving Badly: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago

“Behaving Badly” is a drama comedy directed by Tim Garrick, from the screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Russell. Its cast members include Selena Gomez (Nina Pennington), Mary-Louise Parker (Lucy Stevens), Nat Wolff (Rick Stevens), Dylan McDermott (Jimmy Leach), Ashley Rickards (Kristen Stevens), Elisabeth Shue (Pamela Bender), Heather Graham (Annette Stratton-Osborne), Cary Elwes (Joseph Stevens), Jason Lee (Father Krumins) and Patrick Warburton (Principal Basil Poole). It opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Behaving Badly” synopsis and review.

“Behaving Badly” Synopsis:


The drama comedy film is based on Ric Browde’s 2000 novel, “While I’m Dead… Feed the Dog.” Wolff, who was recently seen as Isaac in the young adult film adaptation “The Fault in Our Stars,” plays the role of Rick Stevens. Set in the ‘80s, Stevens is a 17-year-old boy who is desperate to get laid but is also in love with Nina Pennington (Gomez). There is a $1000 worth of bet on whether Stevens can get Nina in bed with him in a week or not. Meanwhile, Gomez’s on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber made an uncredited appearance in the film.

“Behaving Badly” Review:

As of this writing, the users at IMDb have rated this film with 4.3 out of 10 stars.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Dalton had a shot but bittersweet review for “Behaving Badly.” In his review, he described the film as tasteless.

“Aside from a few lines of juicy bad language, Gomez plays the innocent in this fast-paced screwball farce, which is full of cheerful vulgarity but dangerously low on wit, charm of narrative logic,” wrote Dalton in The Hollywood Reporter article.

Meanwhile, in a feature from Variety, Wolff commented about the awkward scenes he has had in “Behaving Badly.”

“It was nice that they hired such good, fun people to hang out with in real life. The hard thing was just trying to stay and react to all these cartoon characters around me. That was basically the challenge of it,” said Wolff in Variety.

What do you think of “Behaving Badly”? Is it too funny or too awkward? Let us know by posting your comments below.

There you have it for “Behaving Badly” synopsis and review. It opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. For more updates about upcoming films, including reviews, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).


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