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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Deputy Richard
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Hildegarde
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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 »

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[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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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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Great indie!
22 February 2005 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie. Quite a bit, actually.

Jena Malone is a great actress, and like another reviewer said, she's destined for truly great things. I think this film really showed that off. She's got a great talent that's barely been tapped, and I know that we'll be seeing her in other movies in the near future. If she's able to make a smooth transition into adult roles, I can see her as a leading lady in the not-too-distant future.

The story about a teenage girl traveling to visit her father in prison for the annual picnic seems boring and uninteresting, but a great supporting cast and excellent direction makes it well worth watching.

If you like indie films, this is one to check out.


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