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Girls Town (1996)

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 ...
Ramya Pratt ...
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 <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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Release Date:

21 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poli ton koritsion  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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Biggest Part of Me
Performed by Bahamadia
Written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Marvin Isley,
Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper, Joe Johnson and Antonia Reed
Used by permission of EMI-April Music Inc./Bovina Music, Inc (ASCAP) and EMI-Blackwood Music Inc./Straight Cash Music (BMI) and Samadia Music (ASCAP)
Contains sample of "Lay Me Down Easy"
(by The Isley Brothers (as Isley Brothers) / C. Jasper)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Film loses focus
25 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that starts out being about one thing and then ignores that and becomes about nothing! Film starts out with a group of high school friends and suddenly one of them commits suicide. After a few weak attempts at trying to figure out why their friend would do such a thing the film goes into another direction of abusive boyfriends and bickering among themselves. These girls have so much attitude that it becomes impossible to feel any sympathy for them. Then at the end of the film they put in some unbelievable plot device to answer the question for the friends suicide. Totally contrived. The only thing worth watching is Lili Taylor as she shows us once again she can play just about any type of character. Here she plays a dumb white girl that grew up in a black neighborhood and inherited all the urban problems. But the script needed a rewrite badly and director Jim McKay and Taylor who help write this film need more of a focus point to the story. This film just stumbles about aimlessly!

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