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American Girl (2002)

A pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harmony Blossom ...
Bikini Teen
Short Guard
Guard Damon
Deputy Richard
David Dionisio ...
Burly Guard


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-life 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Family is the ultimate life sentence.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confessions of an American Girl  »

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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 »


[Chris has just found out that his daughter Rena is pregnant]
John Grubb: So who's the daddy?
Madge Grubb: I... I don't know that she knows.
John Grubb: Well, at least Rena's popular.
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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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We're Grubs! You Know What That Means!
2 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, it means, you and your family are all losers and dumber than dirt, unfortunately.

The film's central character is Rena Grubb (Jena Malone), a young teenage girl. I don't know Rena's exact age, maybe 13 or 14. She lives in a trailer park with her mother, older brother Jay, and older half-sister, Barbie. Rena's father, John, is in prison serving two life sentences.

Rena is not happy. She makes several suicide attempts. Nor does she have much reason to be happy all things considered.

She's being used by the popular boy in school, who doesn't even want to be seen in public with her, and then she gets pregnant by him. Her own mother's first pregnancy was at 15 - and the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, evidently.

One thing Rena is hanging onto is thoughts of her Daddy. He got sent away when she was very young, so she has only scant memories of him. She feels Daddy not being there is why things are going so badly for her and the family.

Rena finally badgers her mother into all of them attending the picnic at the prison and seeing John.

A whole lot of truths are revealed during that family picnic at the prison.

To say much more would give too much away so I'll stop at this point, and say only that the film was excellent. It is a dark comedy at times, poignant at other times and held my interest completely.

All the performers gave 100% to their roles.

10 stars.

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