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Gretchen (2006)

| Comedy | 2006 (USA)
Gretchen has bigger problems than abysmal fashion sense: She's 17, painfully awkward and stuck in the most unforgiving place on earth - high school. When her obsession with school bad boy ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney Davis ...
Gretchen Finkle
Ricky Marichino
Nick Rangoon
Lori Finkle
Yasmine Kittles ...
Marla Auschussler
Gina Pollard ...
Carlos Treviño ...
Rich (as Carlos Trevino)
John Wesley Coleman ...
Melba Martinez ...
Miss Rhoinos
Carolyn Merriman ...
Caroline Mithoff ...
Miss Jennings
Mikala Gibson ...
Marla's Trashy Friend


Gretchen has bigger problems than abysmal fashion sense: She's 17, painfully awkward and stuck in the most unforgiving place on earth - high school. When her obsession with school bad boy Ricky gets out of hand, her mother sends her to an emotional treatment center to recover. She has to travel elsewhere, however, to truly begin to understand why she fixates on the wrong kind of guy. Written by Anonymous

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When Gretchen and her mom, with Ricky following on his motorcycle, leave their house and head off to the prom, it is still mid-afternoon as indicated by the level of sunlight and shadows. Yet when they arrive at the prom at the high school, which isn't very far away from where Gretchen lives, it is already completely dark out. See more »


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An Embarrassment
13 March 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Gretchen is an attempt at a farce-based dark comedy about a dorky, stuttering, clumsy high school student who is having an extremely difficult time communicating, to say the least. Courtney Davis looks about 10 years too old for the part of Gretchen, who acts about 8 years old, keeps falling for grubby long-haired guys who look like Meat Loaf, are apparently mentally retarded, and who will assuredly ultimately betray her ("do you know what a pattern is, Gretchen?). And then there's dad.

It's The Jerk meets Benny and Joon, with a only a touch of Welcome to the Dollhouse. And it is slow.

Many in the audience found it funny, but many in the audience worked on the film or knew the filmmakers. When a big cheer goes up for the key grip credit, you haven't exactly been hearing an accurate audience reaction to a film.

By the way, I really liked Punch Drunk Love (see other User comment).

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