Synopsis: Dawn grows up in the shadow of a nuclear power plant. In high school, while her biology class studies evolution, she realizes she may have a hidden curse, an "adaptation." She lives with her mom, step-father, and hard-edged step-brother. She likes Tobey, a guy at school, and he likes her. She takes a pledge to remain chaste until marriage, so they date in groups, watch G-rated films, and don't kiss, but the power of teen hormones is great, so temptation beckons. Dawn has an admirer in Ryan, and when when things have an unexpected twist with Tobey, she turns to Ryan for help. Will he be her mythical hero and rescue her? Or can she find her way as her own hero, turning the curse into an asset?
Production: Roadside Attractions
  2 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Hey, Brad!

Don't splash your sister.

She ain't my sister!

Well, it's my sincere hope

that she will be.


Hey, try to be friends, okay?

No, goddamn it!

- Hey!

- Bill.


cut him some slack.

Let's see yours now.


Ow! Ow.

- Son?

- Ow!

What's wrong?

What happened?


Bill, what is--

What is it?

Let me see.

Show your dad.

Let me see it.


Oh, God.

Aw, that doesn't look good.

Dawn, honey, are you okay?

Dawn, you all right?



We have a gift...

a very precious gift.

And... what do you do with gifts?

Do you go around giving them

to everyone you pass on the street?


No, those wouldn't be gifts.

They'd be, like, a handout.

So... what about

the most precious gift of all?

Are you gonna give that

to the first guy who buys you

a big bunch of roses?

No way!

No way?

And, um...

I'm not just talking to the, uh, girls.

You guys...

you have the same gift to give.

Are you gonna give that

to some girl

'cause she looks like

she just stepped out of a music video?


No, you're gonna hold onto it

and share it with

the mother of your children.

Yeah, definitely.

I mean, that's

what the ring is all about.

The way it wraps around your finger,

that's to remind you

to keep your gift wrapped.


until the day...

you trade it in for that other ring...

that gold ring.

Get it?

You were so good!

Because you know

this goes way beyond sex.

If you used your hand on yourself,

do you think that's pure?

No way!

And is any of this--

groping, touching-- okay?

- I missed you.

- I missed you!

This whole break, I've been calling--

That job that I have--

Ugh, mine too.

Who thinks that oral sex...?

And my-- my mom.

She's sick again, so, um...

You see,

there are no loopholes

with the Promise.

- I'm sorry, Dawn.

Yeah, sorry.

There is no back door.

Hey, guys.

- Hi, Tobey.

Oh, Tobey!

This is our friend, Dawn O'Keefe.

Tobey Cobb.

Tobey just moved here.

We were best friends back home.

He starts school with us tomorrow.



So, I hear there's gonna be

No way.


It's you, you know.

Oh, I don't know.

It is.

People really related

to what you said, but...

especially the way you said it.

# My heart, my heart #

# Bye-bye, bye-bye,

bye-bye, my heart #

Hey, Dawn!

Hi, Mrs. Kitchens!

# Oh, my heart, my heart,

my heart, my heart #

Hi, baby.

Come on in.

So, how'd it go?

They asked me to come back

to the next one and speak.

Well, of course they did.

Hey, sweetheart.

Did you have fun?

Yeah, they had awesome music.

- Mm-hmm?

- And, uh, food. So...

Oh, Kim, you're warm, baby.

You have pain today?

Let's talk about young people stuff.

Uh, Gwen and Phil say hi.

They are so adorable.

Wills of iron.

Well, things were a little different

when we were growing up.


It is different now.

Hey, honey, we're not complaining.

You are a blessing.

Both our children are blessings.


I got you, bitch!

I got you so good! Whoo!

# To know what it's like #

# To dance with him... #

# He's so close I can feel him #

#...won't give in

to the feeling 'cause #

# Love is worth waiting for #

# Love is worth waiting for #

# My heart is... #

All right,

here's your chance.

Make a move, stud.

Hmm... gimme.

Give me it.


Love is worth waiting for!

Wait? Yeah, I'll wait

for the bitch to get her panties off.

What kind of soda

do you guys got, huh?

- We got cherry.

- Let's pop that cherry!

Go on!


- Hey, Tobey.

- Hey, Dawn.

Quite a welcome.


Great. You're not allowed

to actively thwart it.

All's fair, dude.

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Mitchell Lichtenstein

Mitchell Wilson Lichtenstein (born March 10, 1956) is an American actor, writer, producer and director. The son of Isabel (née Wilson) and Roy Lichtenstein, he studied acting at Bennington College in Vermont.In Ang Lee's film The Wedding Banquet (1993), Lichtenstein played the partner of a gay Taiwanese man living in the United States who is forced to marry by his parents. Other credits include Streamers (1983). He produced, wrote, and directed the 2007 black comedy horror film Teeth, about the pitfalls and power of a girl as a living example of the vagina dentata myth. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews.His film Happy Tears premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. His film Angelica has been selected to be screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.He is openly gay. more…

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