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Thirteen (2003)

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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

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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. Written by Miss Kittin

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Rated R for drug use, self destructive violence, language and sexuality - all involving young teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A los trece  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,260 (USA) (22 August 2003)


£140,109 (UK) (12 December 2003)

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To celebrate the film's 10th anniversary, Nikki Reed and Evan Rachel Wood hosted a live Q&A on Ustream. The entire video is available on YouTube. See more »


At Melrose, when Tracey's mom drops them off and the girls get out of the car, you can see them through the window. But when a car drives by the girls have disappeared. See more »


[first lines]
Tracy: Hit me. I'm serious, I can't feel anything, hit me! Again, do it harder! I can't feel anything, this is so awesome!
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breathtaking and honest
10 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thirteen is a fresh look at what children go through today. It is honest and terrifying, for some they can relate to the pain, frustration, and confusion that the main character goes through but for others it can serve as an eye-opening view of what that life is like. For those who think this is like any other teen-on-drugs movie I'd have to say they are completely wrong. True the movie does show a girl experimenting with drugs and sex but it also taps into the emotional and psychological problems that drive kids today to do so. The honesty of the main characters cutting problems is absolutely both terrifying and breath taking. I think thirteen was one of the most truthful and beautiful movies I have seen in a long time.

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