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American Girl (2002)

 -  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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Faye
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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

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Also Known As:

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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Depressing and pointless.......
5 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The DVD box describes "Confessions of an American Girl" as a "quirky dark comedy". If you are going to make a "black comedy" about a dysfunctional family, it better be entertaining. In order for the film to be entertaining, it better be funny. If it's not going to be funny, it better not be depressing. Unfortunately, "Confessions of an American Girl" is not only not funny, but it is both pointless and depressing. Family goes to visit their jerk father in prison, family come away agreeing he is indeed a jerk. End of story. Throw in some incest, homosexuality, endless suicide attempts, along with the depression, and you wind up with a bad movie. Not recommended. - MERK


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