Elkana Jacobson
Owen Gleiberman
November 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Holly

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jude Deveraux
genre
Romance

We gave it a C-

There has been one great humanist drama about the evils of sex trafficking — Lukas Moodysson’s Lilya 4-Ever — but audiences steered clear of it, so why would they now show up for Holly, a dawdling, myopic drama about an American drifter (Ron Livingston) in Cambodia who tries to save a 12-year-old virgin (Thuy Nguyen) sold into prostitution by her family? The film sees the naïveté of its hero’s quest, but not its creepy narcissism: His fixation on singling out one pretty girl to rescue is so arbitrary, it becomes the ”saintly” offshoot of Western entitlement. C?

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