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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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Tom McLoughlin

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Rachel Simmons (book), Matthew McDuffie (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa PenaVega ... Vanessa (as Alexa Vega)
Lisa Vidal ... Barbara
Leah Pipes ... Stacey
Elizabeth Rice ... Nikki
Alicia Morton Alicia Morton ... Tiffany
Shari Dyon Perry Shari Dyon Perry ... Emily (as Shari Perry)
Rhoda Griffis ... Denise Larson
Nancy McLoughlin ... Ms. Donnely
Margo Moorer ... Principal Jessup
Chad Biagini ... Tony
Joey Nappo ... Ezra
Maureen Brennan ... Soccer Coach
Michael Arata ... Dave Larson
Asia Larkin Asia Larkin ... Wannabe #1
Krizia Vega 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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Taglines:

The secret life of girls... it's not pretty. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigas hasta la muerte See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

During a scene where Alexa Vega's character Vanessa ends up cutting her hair off, Vega accidentally cut off her own hair in addition to the fake hair pieces she was suppose to chop. 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

Nikki: [rapping and bullying Vanessa] Vanessa was a nice girl now she's a slut a dumbass bitch with her head up her butt hits on Stacey's boy cause she thinks she's all that gives up her best friend quick as a rat used to brag straight A's now It don't matter cause we're Stacey's crew and we're comin hot at her!
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Soundtracks

I Luv How You Feel
Performed by Tiffany
Written by Tiffany, & Tim Feehan
Available on the album "Dust off & Dance" - Tiffany (2005)
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Terrifying, tragic tale of adolescent cruelty
17 April 2007 | by lauraeileen894See all my reviews

The very overrated 2004 flick "Mean Girls" was praised by critics for its "biting" and "accurate" portrayal of clique-y high school girls. Please, "Mean Girls" is so tame, so glossy it should have been called "'Valley Girl' with PMS". Just a year after "Mean Girls"'s release, Lifetime released "Odd Girl Out", a terrifying tragic tale of adolescent cruelty. Based on Rachel Simmons's nonfiction book of the same name, "Odd Girl Out" is a stylized but painfully realistic look at how teenage girls will attack each other not with four-letter words or fists, but with rumors, dirty looks, and any form of underhanded bullying. "Odd Girl Out" reveals the 21st century's newest form of torment: cyber-bullying.

Our protagonist Vanessa (Alexa Vega, "Spy Kids") is an A-student comfortably situated in her popular clique of friends. When fair weather friend Niki (played by appropriately unattractive Elizabeth Rice) becomes jealous of Vanessa's social standing, she decides to take her down a peg by turning Vanessa's shallow best friend Stacy (Leah Pipes) against her and spreading hateful rumors and gossip. Gossip turns into thinly veiled insults ("That tray looks really heavy," one girl sneers at Vanessa during lunch), which in turn become relentless abuse (a web site dedicated to insulting Vanessa is put up). Vanessa tries her best to ignore this undeserved mistreatment, but the emotional pain becomes too much for her to bear. Vanessa's self-esteem and life begin to crumble, and her mother (Lisa Vidal) desperately struggles to help her anguished daughter.

As someone who was picked on (albeit not as badly) in middle school, I must say this movie is right on the mark. This is really how middle school girls behave: they'll simply choose their victim and attack at random. No rhyme, no reason, they are driven by their own self-absorption and insecurities. I'll admit it, "Odd Girl Out" made me cry for myself, for poor Vanessa, and anyone else who was victimized at that age. Vega is astonishingly good as Vanessa, who is forced to go through pure hell scene after scene. You really see the desperation and loneliness reflected in her sad brown eyes. Vidal is also in fine form as Vanessa's loving but somewhat clueless mom. Rice, Pipes, and Alecia Moore are realistic as the pack of former friends who torture Vanessa.

Some people complain that "Odd Girl Out" plays too much like a horror movie. Anyone who agrees with that sentiment obviously never attended public middle school.


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