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Lifetime's 'Petals on the Wind': Is it as bananas as the book?

The short answer, alas, is “no.” And really, how could it be? V.C. Andrews’ Petals on the Wind is in a class of its own, one where movie adaptations dare not go — a world in which it’s perfectly fine and great for a 40-something widower to fall in love with a gorgeous, 15-year-old shut-in who’s just been raped by her equally beautiful brother. (Don’t worry about the lack of consent, though; according to Andrews, the girl kind of wanted it anyway. Also totally normal and okay.)

So yeah: In Lifetime’s version of Flowers in the Attic, the rape was reimagined as a consensual act, probably because watching 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka engage in incest is already traumatic enough. And though there is no universe in which Lifetime’s version of Petals could reasonably be called “understated,” its decision to flash forward 10 years after the events of Flowers allows it to sail right past many of the book’s most disturbing elements — though it does meet others head-on. And while this movie, like the first, tends to be disappointingly muted — psst, actors: this material is ridiculous! Why are most of you taking it so seriously? — it does have occasional flashes of insanity that meet (and, at one point, possibly exceed) the book’s own ludicrous level. In fact, if I could do it all over again, I might recommend watching the movie this way, just to get past the dull bits: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Normal Heart' premiere, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' in theaters, and more

If you aren’t traveling or lying on a beach somewhere for your Memorial Day weekend, you should know that your TV is calling your name, because HBO’s The Normal Heart is finally premiering, not to mention Mad Men’s half-season finale. And as for the rest of your week? Well, you’ve got new music, Angelina Jolie in theaters, the return of reality TV favorite So You Think You Can Dance, and more.

Enjoy your week: READ FULL STORY

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