I'll admit it; the only real reason I wanted to see Loving Annabelle, a film focusing on the taboo relationship between a teacher and a student, was for the high hotness factor. Well, the film did deliver in the hotness capacity, but it delivered in so many other ways as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find this film well constructed and, for the most part, very believable.
Annabelle, played by the talented Erin Kelly, is the daughter of an absentee-mother-type who is also a Senator. When she begins attending a Catholic boarding school she quickly makes a lasting impression among the students and the staff.
Annabelle is rebellious, tempestuous, and unapologetic (hot). Ms. Simone Bradley, played by Diane Gaidry, is quite the opposite. She is closeted and very tempered. Despite their differences, the two fall in love with one another. The film explores their relationship but manages to do so without being too preachy in favor of either side of the teacher/student relationship debate.
The only problem with this film is that it does not dig as deep as it could. Most of the characters lack any depth or development. The viewer will fill like they know Annabelle and Simone slightly more than the rest of the characters by the movie's end -- but not really. And the supporting actors are hardly more than scene fillers. Additionally, Loving Annabelle does not explore some of the own issues it raises. I get the sense that the writer ran out of stamina.
Overall, the film is interesting and fast-paced. It is sweet without being corny and sexy without being pornographic. It is worth viewing for its integrity, but there are similar films that are a little bit more fleshed out and developed, such as Lost and Delirious. If the Kinsey Scale were for rating movies, Loving Annabelle would be a 4 out of 6.