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Gretchen (2005)

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 »


Steve Collins


Steve Collins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney Davis Courtney Davis ... Gretchen Finkle
John Merriman ... Ricky Marichino
Macon Blair ... Nick Rangoon
Becky Ann Baker ... Lori Finkle
Stephen Root ... Herb
Yasmine Kittles Yasmine Kittles ... Marla Auschussler
Gina Pollard Gina Pollard ... Candy
Carlos Treviño Carlos Treviño ... Rich (as Carlos Trevino)
John Wesley Coleman John Wesley Coleman ... Mark
Melba Martinez Melba Martinez ... Miss Rhoinos
Joseph Cheatham ... Jeep
Carolyn Merriman Carolyn Merriman ... Shelly
Caroline Mithoff Caroline Mithoff ... Margot
Peyton Hayslip ... 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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Comedy | Family | Romance

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The mysterious caller tells Gretchen to meet her at the racetrack at dawn. Yet in the very next scene when Gretchen arrives at the racetrack at presumably the appointed hour, it is clearly mid-day as indicated by the bright sunlight and shadows directly underneath Gretchen and her car. See more »


I'll Love You Always And Forever
Performed by Courtney Davis
Written by Steve Collins
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So Many Feelings

I picked up this movie @ a video store in Austin based on the cover. Had to know who this character was! Immediately after watching, I bought it online. My god, this is a perfect movie. The irony of adults acting out teenage insecurities, the anxiety-inducing hilarity of the pacing, jean on jean & patterned turtle necks. Some scenes reminded me of "Welcome to the Dollhouse," like when Gretchen is on the corded phone talking to a boy and her mom is in the kitchen, elated at the sweet idea of a boyfriend for her daughter, completely unsuspecting of the adult nature of the call. The mom, Becky Ann Baker, plays the SAME kind of mom she does in Freaks & Geeks. Warm, understanding, desperate to save her daughter from the pain of adulthood.

I think what this film does so well, what makes it different, is that its just as sad as it is hysterical. I hurt so badly at times in this movie for Gretchen, but that doesn't stop me from pointing & laughing. The settings are also great - the way Gretchen's mother's house feels like a comfortable cage, her father's house feels like a squatter's, the restaurant she temporarily works at is as pathetic seeming as her attempt to fit in there, the "rave" club is as elementary & hopeless as her escape, etc. The character's wardrobes are just fun. I don't know what year we're living in during this movie, but it doesn't matter.

This movie gave me a lot of feelings, more than Gretchen, probably. And it took me days to shake them. I can't wait to see Courtney Davis again in another Steve Collins flick, "You Hurt My Feelings" - I suggested it to be ordered to my local video store.

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Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gretchen Finkle See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA


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$200,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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