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Odd Girl Out (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 April 2005
A teenager is bullied by her former friends when they discover that she has a crush on the same boy as the most popular girl in school does.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vanessa (as Alexa Vega)
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Barbara
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Alicia Morton ...
Tiffany
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Emily (as Shari Perry)
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Denise Larson
Nancy McLoughlin ...
Ms. Donnely
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Principal Jessup
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Tony
Joey Nappo ...
Ezra
Maureen Brennan ...
Soccer Coach
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Dave Larson
Asia Larkin ...
Wannabe #1
Krizia Vega ...
Wannabe #2
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Storyline

Vanessa was one of the most popular girl in school. Stacey is the queen bee of the school. When they both like the same guy Stacey and the rest of the school start to bully Vanessa. Will Vanessa fight back? Or Will she let them continue to bully her?

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues and language | See all certifications »

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4 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigas hasta la muerte  »

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Trivia

Based on the book "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls" by Rachel Simmons. See more »

Goofs

After Vanessa is rejected from the lunch table for the second time, she runs to the bathroom and into a stall. She puts her backpack on the floor and stands on the toilet seat to hide when she hears the other girls coming. One of the girls takes a picture of the bottom of Vanessa's stall with their camera phone. When the picture is shown later, you see Vanessa's backpack along with her feet clearly planted on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Emily: [In the cafeteria] You know why they keep doggin' you?
Vanessa: Obviously I did something to Stacey. I just don't know what it is.
Emily: They do it 'cause they know it gets to you. I call 'em the white tornadoes 'cause they destroy whatever's in their path.
Vanessa: And it doesn't bother you?
Emily: They don't have anything that I want.
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Dreams In Ashes
Written by 'Amanda Abizaid'
Performed by 'Amanda Abizaid'
Courtesy of Abizaid Publishing
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Dead on. And a sizable minority of boys are like this, too.
22 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a man. Previously a boy.

Except for certain advances in communications technology made since 1982, I had basically the exact same experience as the girl in the movie (with all the genders reversed, of course).

For people who have been through an experience as vindictive, drawn-out, thorough, and unrelenting as the experience suffered by the girl in the movie, this will be a movie-watching experience both very painful and very valuable.

Perhaps even more so for those of us who didn't have a parent as ideal and understanding as the one in the film. But, for the purposes of the film and its messages, that character is well-designed and serves many useful purposes.

This film covers a lot of bases in a lot of ways. It's an impressive accomplishment, seeing as it's impossible to really do justice to the subject matter in the space of a standard film. Very, very impressive.

I like hard-hitting, gritty dramas like Requiem For A Dream, Bad Lieutenant, and that sort of thing (also, harsh black comedies like Shallow Grave, Bitter Moon, etc.). This film hit me harder than any of those.

Girls can be as visibly and simply and physically violent as the stereotypical boys (e.g., the tormentors and killers of Reena Virk in British Columbia, Canada). And boys can be as invisibly and complexly and non-physically violent as the stereotypical girls.

It's not a simple world out there. And it has a lot of barbarians in it. Male and female. And they don't all fit within the usual gender roles.

There are plenty of masculine, heterosexual evil boys who behave like evil girls -- because they know it's tougher to get caught that way and that the damage done is deeper; in other words, the smarter ones use more complex and indirect methods. And everyone is far less aware of them than the big, dumb, loud, physically-violent ones -- indeed they likely never get caught because their male victims wouldn't be manly/masculine/tough/cool/honourable/etc. if they were to complain about it or admit to being bothered by it or to cry about it, would they? Just show me all the girls who lust after and fall in love with men who cry about getting bullied. Oh, that's right, there aren't any -- they're too busy fawning over the thoughtful, intelligent, emotionally-literate, understanding Alpha-male goons who are beating those other guys up. Sorry, I forgot.

It's frequently unlike the stereotype of "boy beats guy up, and it's over -- simple." And in those cases, it's particularly damaging when you've been socialized into the idiotic philistine social orthodoxy of boys not being allowed to cry, and boys have to keep a stiff upper lip and hide and suppress their feelings.

Anyway.... the film accomplishes its goals and its messages beautifully. 9-outta-10.


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