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:
Patti Lucci
Anna Grace ...
Asia Minor ...
Marlys Giovanni
Carl Kwaku Ford ...
Jessie (Boom Box Guy)
Shondalin ...
Ernestine Jackson ...
Nikki's Mom
Stephanie Berry ...
Angela's Mom
Tara Carnes ...
Yassira ...


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

21 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poli ton koritsion  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$403,311 (USA) (20 September 1996)

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Emma: It's not what you say, it's what you think.
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18 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite previous reviews, I felt this movie was really well thought out, I saw this movie when it first came out and it definitely reached me. The subject touches but not meant to be a description of urban life at all. If you see the movie, you will understand what the real issue is. I am going to have to disagree with the dude who posted previously, this movie is geared towards anyone who believes in the issues that plague our youth and our young girls of color. It makes you want to break down the ideals that perpetuate class-ism, the gender binary and other issues that separate people. I hope others see it for what it is. Its reflective of the type of role our society and communities play in a developing child's mind. I think it should be shown to a mixed audience of boys and girls so that they can see the perspective of the other sex. I think it speaks a lot about violence in our schools.

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