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A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

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Manipulative high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce leads her friends Brittany Wells and Randa Azzouni in bringing charges of sexual assault against Percy Anderson, their English and drama teacher at an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, local reporter Emily Klein, originally assigned to do an insignificant piece on the school, hopes that the scandal will launch her into celebrity in the television news business, while Kimberly's bigoted father, Hank, is concerned primarily with the effect that his daughter's accusations may have on his business. Written by Anonymous

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The devil wears a grey skirt and her name is Kimberly Joyce. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language | See all certifications »

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25 May 2006 (South Africa)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$58,570 (USA) (12 August 2005)

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$305,688 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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In the casting office scene, the photos on the wall are of actual child actresses, including Tamara Hope and Lindsay Felton. See more »

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Brittany Wells: [after both being cast in the play, "The Diary of Anne Frank"] Down with Nazis!
Kimberly Joyce: Yeah, boo nazis!
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The World Is an Orchestra, and She is the Maestro
29 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Beverly Hills, the fifteen years old evil manipulative aspirant actress student Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) convinces her friends Randa (Adi Schnall) and Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) to falsely accuse their Literature and Arts teacher of sexual harassment. She manipulates also the lesbian journalist Emily Klein (Jane Krakowski), who is covering the case, to support their cause in the trial, which leads the group to a tragic and surprising conclusion.

This dark "Pretty Persuasion" is a Machiavellian and mean tale of manipulation. With another impressive performance of the gifted Evan Rachel Wood and the stunning James Wood, this dramatic dark comedy may shock with the crude sex scenes, the deranged family of Kimberly or the outrageous perjuries of the girls; or make the viewer laugh with the permanent black humor or the scenes of the racist Hank Joyce; or feel sorry for the poor teacher Percy Anderson. But certainly this movie shows an important message, how people may be easily manipulated by an intelligent person. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Garotas Malvadas" ("Bad Girls")


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