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Thirteen

Rated Adult Accompaniment (Mature Subject Matter) ~ Runs 100 minutes

Dir.: Catherine Hardwicke, USA, 2003

Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto

"Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll - not to mention lying, cheating, stealing and body piercings: Thirteen has all the usual teen-gone-wrong pitfalls, but places them in a new setting. That setting is grade school. Thirteen is a somewhat terrifying film about a little girl whose life goes right off the rails. Co-written by 13-year-old Nikki Reed, who also stars in the movie, Thirteen features Evan Rachel Wood as Tracy, a nice kid in Grade seven who wants to be popular. The movie begins with two girls engaged in a grotesque game of face-slapping and then goes back in time a few months. Here is an entirely innocent Tracy tossing out her stuffed animals - a bit reluctantly - while her mom looks on. Holly Hunter plays mom; she's a single mother and a hairdresser whose clients come to the house. Mom has her issues, but works hard to keep everything together. At school, Tracy can only look with envy at a trio of popular girls led by the beautiful, well-dressed, grown-up Evie. Then Evie and Tracy bond over a little shoplifting, and in a matter of weeks, Tracy's life has changed. She becomes part of the in-crowd with Evie. The ride there is straight downhill. Evie is dangerous. She cons everyone who crosses her path, and before long she's actually living at Tracy's house and messing up the whole family... The characters are so perfectly drawn and the performances so raw and so brilliant that the film manages to have an amazing impact. For a lot of reasons, Thirteen should be required viewing.... parents who don't shock easily should take their teenaged children to see this movie. Likewise anyone looking for a powerful film experience. Thirteen has already won a handful of well-deserved film awards, including best directing honours at Sundance." - Liz Braun, The Toronto Sun



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