Last week I wrote about bad boys Pete and Barry (“Bad Boys of TV,” July 11, 2018). It’s only fair to switch the situation and talk about bad girls. Bad girls have a much more complicated set of rules, generated in part by the historical (and dare I saw hysterical) implications surrounding morally loose women from the Middle Ages straight into the present day.

Even the juicy parts of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale don’t survive the moral baggage. Her remarks lead straight to the confessional. Women of later centuries labor under even harsher retribution for indiscretions. Think about Hester and that scarlet “A” emblazoned on her chest, or the women accused of witchcraft or adultery who had tongues ripped out, were summarily killed, or driven out to be abandoned by their family and friends.

Laboring under this oppressive history comes contemporary times and a loosening of the ties that bind as far as the benchmarks for determining acceptable behavior. Not everybody aspires to be the quintessential “girl next door.”  Especially the characters in writer and director Augustine Frizzell’s “Never Goin’ Back.”

Save the date for Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at Granbury’s ShowBiz Cinema during the annual Langdon Review Weekend when you can attend a special screening of Frizzell’s film (tickets available at the door), meet her, and hear her discussion about these good girls gone bad. 

“Never Goin’ Back” has been making the festival circuit and garnering lots of attention. It was a nominee at SXSW 2018 for the Gamechanger Award, and Frizzel was the Palm Spring International Film Festival 2018 winner of the Directors to Watch award.

Frizzell’s film, which she wrote and directed, features the antics of Jessie (Camila Morrone) and Angela (Maia Mitchell) who decide to take a holiday, forget their multitude of worries, and go to the beach. As high school dropouts, they center their existence on drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll. Dubbed by some critics as the genre of “stoner comedy,” “Never Goin’ Back” pulls out all the stops in an energetic, though sometimes erratic, manner. This isn’t rocket science – just a lighthearted frolic and a glimpse into the minds of these two young, strong-headed women who break all the rules and enjoy the ride.

Don’t miss hearing Frizzell discuss the film at the September event. You may learn a few things about how good it feels to be bad.

Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and brief nudity - all involving teens.

Marilyn Robitaille writes film reviews for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and the Glen Rose Reporter.