A popular high-school coach is charged with having an affair with a 14-year old student.
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Having heard of this film briefly mentioned in “The Radio Times”, a UK television listings magazine which oddly enough dedicates minimal space to radio shows, I personally made sure one night to stay up to late watch this television-film as it seemed like an interesting movie. Despite it starting the wrong side of midnight, I found myself towards its conclusion bleary eyed but having enjoyed what is actually a quite brilliantly acted and tenderly attempted movie which is recommended for those who like their films a bit more serious than the rest.
Pete Nash (Cole) is your typical Hollywood hero coach; successful, admired by his players who can put no foot wrong. That is until he shows his true colours of being romantically infatuated with a naďve and innocent student named Amy (Tom). At first she feels impressed that a man such as Nash would ever like her romantically, but as their relationship becomes more intimate and increasingly disgusting Amy finds herself repulsed at Nash’s intentions and that she has allowed him to carry out immoral acts on her. Aided by her friends Kelly (Hannigan) and Kimberly (Sara Rue), Amy finds it difficult to tell her parents about what Nash has done to her with the movies conclusion dealing with Amy’s final decision.
Such a subject that is child molestation is certainly a subject which shouldn’t be taken lightly; the emotional complexities of the poor child who is a victim of perversion and by no means is it their fault is something which cinema hardly tackles. With “The Woodsman” being a leading example of how such a subject can be tackled and delivered successfully, “Indecent Seduction” certainly tries hard to base a believable and sensitive story around this horrifically terrible act of human nature.
Only a few years older than what her character was, the emotion expressed so well by Nicholle Tom is the mark of a fine actress that sadly has not been given the motion picture role since her portrayal of Amy which fully showcased her talents. Her awkwardness and shyness about life, after all she is only meant to be fourteen years of age and not savvy like someone beyond her age would be, is quite believable and something which you find missing in those teen dramas present on television these days. Gary Cole being nearly forty years of age when this was released merely adds to his performance of the supposedly-trustworthy, admired-by-many character that is Nash. It’s quite an amazing piece of acting when you can transform from one person to another instantaneously, and here with Cole he does this with such ease. Maybe, deep down, Nash knows that what he is doing to Amy is wrong on so many levels, but at no point does he disclose this due to his constant perversions at which no point is Amy to blame for. If the part went to a lesser-talented actor this challenging movie might have been a flop but in fact it is not; a perfect tribute to its leading two actors.
Throughout Hollywood, there have been a number of storylines which have garnered minimal screen time. Child molestation subjects must be at the top of their list, but when it is dealt with it must be done so with a mature and professional approach. Those involved in this film, from the best boy and gaffer right up to those who commissioned “Indecent Seduction”, must be congratulated for being so brave in their efforts.