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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Faye
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Paramedic
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Short Guard
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Guard Damon
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Hildegarde
David Dionisio ...
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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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16 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Confessions of an American Girl  »

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Goofs

When Rena tries to slit her wrist with a plastic spork, she alternates between using her left and right hands in every shot. 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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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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This is a Stick up
Performed by Mamas Boy
Published by JD Tru Music and Stay Awake Music
Courtesy of Paul Gordon and Josh De Bear
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One of best coming-of-age movies you'll probably never see
19 March 2006 | by (Dubai, UAE) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better coming-of-age movies you probably have never seen. It's a real gem of a movie.

It's not easy to watch, that's for sure. There isn't a high-functioning person in the bunch but just about all of them have some redeeming qualities.

It's downright painful, at points, but even the bad characters manage to endear themselves to the viewer.

I grew up in the "white trash" culture and this movie has the ring of truth, to me. The characters in this movie certainly have their counterparts in the real world I come from! When watching the movie, it never occurred to me that the director was insinuating that all low-income people or southerners are like this. Just one very interesting family.

If you like to find hidden film gems, be sure to rent or TiVo "Amerian Girl." I just love these low-budget movies that are more powerful than the mega-million dollar movies.


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