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American Girl (2002)

A pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life.

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Jordan Brady

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Scott Sandoe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jena Malone ... Rena Grubb
Harmony Blossom ... Bikini Teen
Erik von Detten ... Kenton
Michelle Forbes ... Madge Grubb
Alicia Witt ... Barbie
Brad Renfro ... Jay Grubb
Chris Mulkey ... John Grubb
Micole Mercurio ... Faye
Wayne Federman ... Paramedic
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Buddy
Andrew Bowen ... Short Guard
Damon Standifer ... Guard Damon
Kevin Gage ... Deputy Richard
O-Lan Jones ... Hildegarde
David Dionisio David Dionisio ... Burly Guard
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Storyline

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-life 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Family is the ultimate life sentence.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, teen suicidal behavior, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of an American Girl See more »

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Tomorrow Film Corporation See more »
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Goofs

When Rena lies in the pool with the noose around her neck, the rope is floating towards her feet. In the next shot, it's above her head. See more »

Quotes

[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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This is a Stick up
Performed by Mamas Boy
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Warning: If you're from the south, do not watch this film.
19 April 2005 | by CharMania86See all my reviews

I really liked this film. However, as I stated above, if you're from the south and have a sense of humor, then you are given the permission to watch this film with open arms, otherwise, don't watch this film if you're going to find it too offensive. Alright ya'll?

The Grubb family is the epitome of American trash---they don't have the proper education nor ambition to drive them out of their downbeat trailer-house, daisy dukes and cold slurpees. The plot narration revolves around Rena Grubb (Jena Malone) and her low-incomed family living somewhere in the South. The Grubb's are invited to attend a annual picnic to go see their father. Later on the audience finds out that this "annual picnic" is set up for criminal offenders.

If one word were to describe this film, it would be "trailer", and I think everyone who has been continuously watching Indy films with Brad Renfro and Jena Malone in it definitely knows what that means. I don't think anyone should be surprised with the content. Yes there is self-cutting, sex, teen pregnancy and drugs in it (done by the one and only Alicia Witt of course) I give props to whoever made up the jingle to: "Welcome back Jay, welcome back Jay, welcome back Jay Jay Jr."---this song defines the whole movie and shall go down in history in my book.

8/10


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