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Girls Town (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 August 1996 (USA)
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A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patti Lucci
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Angela
Anna Grace ...
Emma
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Nikki
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Tomy
Asia Minor ...
Marlys Giovanni
Carl Kwaku Ford ...
Jessie (Boom Box Guy)
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Dylan
Shondalin ...
Teacher
Ernestine Jackson ...
Nikki's Mom
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Eddie
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Cora
Stephanie Berry ...
Angela's Mom
Tara Carnes ...
Heather
Yassira ...
Benita
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A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss each other at college next year, but the next day, Nikki doesn't show up at school: she's committed suicide. The friends steal Nikki's journal and discover that she'd been raped. The rest of the movie shows our heroines growing closer in the wake of Nikki's death and the relevation of her secret (Emma reveals that she's also been raped), taking revenge on the men who oppress them, and trying to grow up and move on with their lives. Emma has to deal with a shallow boyfriend, Angela with an overbearing mother, and Patti is trying to finish high school while trying to raise a child and avoid the child's loser father. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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21 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$120,608 (USA) (30 August 1996)

Gross:

$403,311 (USA) (20 September 1996)
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Patti Lucci: [to Anthony] Well just because you work with monkeys don't mean you have to act like one!
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U.N.I.T.Y.
Performed by Queen Latifah
Written by Queen Latifah (as Dana Owens) and Joe Sample
Published by Queen Latifah Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and Music Corporation of America, Inc (BMI),
Golden Rule admin. o/b/o Queen Latifah Music
Contains a sample of "A Message From the Inner City" (Sample)
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
by arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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A Ten, with qualifications
2 February 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I'm a 62-year-old white male in Northern Michigan, and I liked this film. Rightly or wrongly, I felt that I was getting a good inside look at a culture that I have never brushed shoulders with. Lili Taylor, for a 30-year-old gal from Illinois, seems to have captured the spirit of Patti in a very convincing way, and her body language showed that she really had rapport with her friends. Under ordinary circumstances, I would not choose to watch a film about the subject of school kids in Brooklyn or Hackensack or wherever, but I liked these kids. It's a nice piece for older people to watch, and be entertained by people telling you things you probably didn't know. Rightly or wrongly. I'm not in a position to judge the authenticity of the cultural overview that the film presents. Warning to old fuddie-duddies: The F-word uccurs 31 times in a 51-second scene (Is this a new record?) so don't watch if the grand-kids are around!


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