It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
What planet did the makers of this film come from? What assumptions do they have about the purpose and quality of life? I ask because “She's Out of Control” is simultaneously so bizarre and so banal that it's a first: the first movie fabricated entirely from sitcom cliches and plastic lifestyles, without reference to any known plane of reality.
The film stars Tony Danza as Doug, a divorced dad with an unhealthy obsession about the dating behavior of his teenage daughter, Katie (Ami Dolenz). He wants to keep her forever trapped in an asexual prepubescent hinterland, but then Doug's fiancee, Janet (Catherine Hicks), takes the kid for a complete beauty makeover: hair, makeup, wardrobe and attitude. And the next time Doug sees his daughter, she's descending the staircase looking like she stepped out of one of those soft-core perfume ads.
Doug spends a lot of time looking at his daughter. He sees her so specifically as a sexual creature and is so obsessed by what he sees, that in another movie his attention would probably seem perverse.
The character in this movie is so dim-witted and lacking in psychological insight, however, that his behavior is not so much perverse as slack-jawed.