A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss ...
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A look at a group of girl friends coming-of-age during their senior year of high school in urban America. Nikki and Emma have a heart to heart talk one evening about how much they'll miss each other at college next year, but the next day, Nikki doesn't show up at school: she's committed suicide. The friends steal Nikki's journal and discover that she'd been raped. The rest of the movie shows our heroines growing closer in the wake of Nikki's death and the relevation of her secret (Emma reveals that she's also been raped), taking revenge on the men who oppress them, and trying to grow up and move on with their lives. Emma has to deal with a shallow boyfriend, Angela with an overbearing mother, and Patti is trying to finish high school while trying to raise a child and avoid the child's loser father.Written by
Martin Lewison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Prologue (Nikki Remembers)
Sound design and mix by Alex Hall and Brendan Dolan
Excerpt from "Before Her Time"
Performed by Vic Chesnutt and Rob Veal
Composed by Vic Chesnutt and Rob Veal
Published by Ghetto Bells Music and Playground Treatment Music
(Administered by Bug Music Inc.) (BMI)
Sample taken from "Imperial"
Performed by Unrest
Courtesy of Teen Beat Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more »
A Ten, with qualifications
I'm a 62-year-old white male in Northern Michigan, and I liked this film. Rightly or wrongly, I felt that I was getting a good inside look at a culture that I have never brushed shoulders with. Lili Taylor, for a 30-year-old gal from Illinois, seems to have captured the spirit of Patti in a very convincing way, and her body language showed that she really had rapport with her friends. Under ordinary circumstances, I would not choose to watch a film about the subject of school kids in Brooklyn or Hackensack or wherever, but I liked these kids. It's a nice piece for older people to watch, and be entertained by people telling you things you probably didn't know. Rightly or wrongly. I'm not in a position to judge the authenticity of the cultural overview that the film presents. Warning to old fuddie-duddies: The F-word uccurs 31 times in a 51-second scene (Is this a new record?) so don't watch if the grand-kids are around!
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