As many others have outlined in these reviews, this is a classic. This film is so effective, they show it to adolescent girls in schools across America.
The pitfalls for young girls in America today are many fold, as this film shows us.
I have slightly different tack.
What has happened to America such that a girl like Evie is the envy of every girl in the school? Or, could this only have happened in Los Angeles?
Intentionally or not, this film demonstrates how traditional family values in America have been subverted by a culture that sells 'Cool', 'Hip', and yes, multiculturalism at all costs. By traditional values, I'm not talking about church going, bible thumping, I'm talking about work ethic, valuing intelligence, desire for success, etc.
Whether or not it was the intention of the filmmakers, Evie and cohorts were behaving like young African American girls.
This film shows the issues that affect adolescent girls in America today, but it also exposes a cultural climate that is toxic for families trying to raise children with proper values.
This film is now 14 years old. Its become evident how this subversion and toxicity has affected a generation.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends.
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