Martin Freeman and Jenna Ortega are leading a new Hollywood blockbuster branded as a thriller comedy called Miller’s Girl, which has just dropped in the states although a UK release date is still pending.
The film’s synopsis simply reads: “A creative writing assignment yields complex results between a teacher and his talented student,” but some of the first viewers are lashing out for what the film actually shows.
21-year-old Jenna plays 18-year-old creative writing student Cairo Sweet and the 52-year-old Sherlock star portrays her teacher Jonathan Miller, with the pair soon finding themselves entangled in an inappropriate relationship.
The film’s R-rating could reveal just how raunchy the relationship gets but viewers were furious after watching one sex scene between the pair unfold, with many taking to social media to express their utter disbelief.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, one viewer declared: “I think I am finally done watching these age-gap movies. They are all gross, and I am tired of it.
“No amount of Jenna Ortega or Martin Freeman could save this one for me.”
Another raged in all caps: “Martin Freeman what are you doing to Jenna Ortega?” while many admitted they were made “uncomfortable” by the “gross” scene.
A third said the scene “might be the worst thing I’ve ever seen” while another claimed the film “popularizes predatory behaviour”.
However, some viewers spoke up in defense of the Wednesday star saying: “Guys, it’s a movie, she’s acting. Chill.”
A second hilariously entered the discourse by referring to Martin’s most iconic role saying: “Hobbits age differently than us. For every one year of our life, that equals three of theirs. So, in reality, Martin Freeman is only like 17 1/2. Jenna Ortega is the cradle robber.”
During a Q and A for the film, the Wednesday star admitted she was “scared” to take on the role but had been so moved by the “horrific and beautiful” script and connected to Cairo’s story.
She explained: “I feel like teenage girls are often written in the same bratty, no-nonsense manner but Cairo is so intelligent and wise beyond her years that I was excited to be able to explore.”