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The collision of these forces, naive youth with jaded adulthood, doesn’t play out as one might expect. Claire and Robert are pushed together somewhat unwillingly, but the chemistry that forms between them is a heart-rending, disturbing development. After all, she’s a 15-year-old girl. He’s a full-grown man. Yet, as they grow comfortable in the dark, dingy club, talking together like old friends, the audience can’t help softening, wondering if maybe this doesn’t have to end badly. But the loss of innocence is always painful, and what comes next is both entirely expected and utterly shocking.

Jailbait tells the tale of what happens over one fateful night, condensing what everyone experiences throughout their adolescence years into this timeframe. Friendship, sexuality, innocence, and guilt are all treated frankly and without compromise. The two men are nowhere near being the villains of the story, just as the girls are not without fault. What occurs among them is not the corruption of innocence, but a metaphor for the inevitable transition that must occur between childhood and adulthood. Whether we like it or not, we all have to grow up someday.