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Director: Lindy Heymann; Release date: 4 June

I found myself a little perplexed as to what to say about this film. Is it a coming of age film? A thriller? Or a comment on a celebrity-obsessed society and the brutal objectification facing young women?

The opening sequence is a beautiful depiction of Liverpool, a sequence so quiet it made me think my television might be broken. It's an understated study of quiet abandonment.

And then... two teenage girls, Jasmine and Nicole, meet at the gates of Liverpool's football ground, waiting for the players (or one particular player) to emerge after the match. Much of the first half of the film is spent in this way, as the girls (played by Kerrie Hayes and Nichola Burley) hope to see their idol.

Jasmine has a plan - she wants to become a WAG. She'll start with a little glamour modelling (her father has agreed to a boob job for her 16th birthday) with a soap opera part on the side - "It helps if they don't think you're a gold digger." Nicole says she'd rather have a brain enlargement.

The girls, especially Jasmine, want to be seen as sexually experienced women. They are caught between childhood and a darker sexualised adulthood. One scene shows them offering to trade blow jobs for entry to the VIP room. The next day sees them running away like schoolgirls ringing doorbells.

It's here that this film works. It mines a familiar vein - friendship blossoms across the social divide with echoes of Bend It Like Beckham and My Summer of Love - and it throws up some beautifully realised moments as it does so. The scenes where Nicole finds herself at Jasmine's rather palatial family home, as we see her bewilderment at her hosts' throwaway gifts, are a pretty perfect depiction of the different worlds these girls inhabit.

But the trouble is that I don't believe their joint obsession with Lee Collins (the footballer about to transfer out of the country). It has no roots and it makes little sense. And the final half hour feels lost - like the writer couldn't work out the next step.

So is this a film worth seeing? It's nicely shot, with some decent acting and an interesting enough storyline. But it leaves you wishing for more. The sparse script may work beautifully at times, but perhaps a few more words could have left the story feeling a little less hollow.