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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

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 ... 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 Mikala Gibson ... Marla's Trashy Friend
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

Canon and Gigue in D Major
Written by Johann Pachelbel
Performed by Festival Strings Lucerne Orchestra
Conducted by Rudolf Baumgartner
Published by Kristner & Siegel (GEMA)
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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Give it a shot, its worth it
15 March 2006 | by theimperiousSee all my reviews

A hilarious, tongue-in-cheek depiction of an awkward girl's bad-boy obsession.

I heard this referred to as "Napoleon Dynamite with a female lead." That is accurate to a point. While Gretchen does employ the subtle, dead-pan humor that is found in the utter niavety of the main character, this is where the similarities between Gretchen and Napoleon Dynamite end.

This movie uses that humor to explore and approach serious questions of suburban life in modern America and incorporates those common themes of isolation, danger seeking (by finding that exciting bad-boy) and that snowballing phenomenon of rejection that occurs in high school.

This film is slow paced, so it is not the best choice for a party, but perhaps if you have an hour and a half to appreciate this movie and its very reserved brand of dark humor, you should be pleasantly surprised!


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