Making a permanent impression since 1994
June 1, 2004
-- Movie review --
A classic for today's teens
By Zach Brokenrope
Every generation has one defining film that really speaks to them and acknowledges what it's like to be a teenager in their times.
often not as sweet as other fluffy, light-hearted teen comedies. For example.
John Hughes, the director of such 80's teen classics as "Sixteen
Candles" and "Weird Science,"
reached his creative peak with the slightly edgier film "The
Breakfast Club" that explored the inner workings of high school cliques
like no other film before.
generation has found its film in the small independent release "Thirteen,"
the directorial debut of Catherine Hardwicke. Like Breakfast
Club, the film is rated R, which
in itself proves that teenage life in
back-story of "Thirteen" is interesting in itself. The film was
co-written by 13-year-olds who appear in the film, such as Nikki Reed, and it's
also compelling that the actors in the film are actually young
-- something odd by
story line of the movie is basic: good girl wants to be in popular clique. Good
girl changes herself to be in that clique. Good girl has horrible downward
spiral that ends in a cataclysmic ending.
this story, the good girl, Tracy (Once and Again star Evan Rachel
her first day of seventh grade at her local middle school somewhere in
California. From day one, she begins to realize that things are different when
the popular and bad-girl Evie (Niki Reed)
laughs at her little girl sense of fashion.
a quick makeover with the help of her mom (Holly Hunter),
From there, the inevitable happens.
spiral downwards continues until
"Thirteen" is stunning and beautiful in its cinematography and its trueness to actual American teenagers' lives.
I strongly recommend it for anyone who has the parents who will let them see it.
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