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American Girl (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  16 October 2002 (USA)
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A pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life.

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Rena Grubb
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Bikini Teen
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Kenton
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Madge Grubb
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Barbie
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The needy teenager Rena Grubb lives with her dysfunctional family of losers in a trailer park. The most popular boy in her school is dating her only for sex, and does not want to be seen with her. Her brother Jay is gay; her older half-sister Barbie is a bitch; and her mother Madge works hard in several low-qualification jobs to raise money to support her family. Rena is asking her mother to go to the annual picnic with her beloved missing low-fife father John Grubb, who is in prison sentenced to two life sentences. Rena is pregnant and collects the cards her father sends to her from the prison. When Madge decides to go with her family to the picnic, and along the day, the family finds how mean and nasty John is, shattering the dreams of Rena with her father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Family is the ultimate life sentence.

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Rated R for sexual content, language, teen suicidal behavior, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Confessions of an American Girl  »

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When Rena and Barbie have the heart-to-heart talk on the steps at the prison and Rena gets up and offer's Barbie a hand, you can see her mic clipped onto the back of her waist. See more »

Quotes

Rena Grubb: You don't love daddy, do you Jay?
Jay Grubb: No
Rena Grubb: Why not? He's your daddy just like i'm your sister. I haven't done anything for you to just give me your love.
Jay Grubb: You never tried to shit on it either.
Rena Grubb: When somebody gives you their love you should try not to shit on it i guess.
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Rena Grubb: I should write that down.
Jay Grubb: Maybe you should embroider it on something.
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Wide Open
Performed by Sugar Danks
Written by R.Z. Lewis, Renee Harcourt and Billy Lewis
Courtesy of Your Pleasure Records
By Arragement with Media Creasure Music
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Down to Earth True Story
10 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film starts off with a young girl, Rena Gruff, (Jena Malone) sitting on a floor and breaks a picture frame in order to cut her wrists. You also proceed to see Rena try to hang herself on a dead tree limb and her efforts fail. Rena has a half-sister named Jay Gruff who looks down on her younger sister and treats her very badly. Rena also has a brother named Jay Gruff, (Brad Renfo) who is a young boy who seems hen pecked with all the woman around him. However, he loves his mother, Madge, (Michelle Forbes) who loves her family and holds the family together. The father is in prison for killing someone and most of the family do not care very much for him at all. Rena has a deep interest in her father and wants the family to visit their father for a prison picnic and no one in the family really want to attend, but Madge changed the families minds and that is when the film takes a very interesting change and there is some dark comedy, but this film is rather depressing.


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