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A Girl Like Her (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 March 2015 (USA)
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Jessica Burns enlists the help of her best friend, Brian, in order to document the relentless harassment she's received from her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular students.

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Amy S. Weber

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Amy S. Weber

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hunter King ... Avery Keller
Lexi Ainsworth ... Jessica Burns
Jimmy Bennett ... Brian Slater
Amy S. Weber ... Filmmaker / Amy Gallagher
Stephanie Cotton ... Margarete Burns
Mark Boyd ... Gerald Burns
Christy Engle ... Kassie Keller (as Christy Engle-McGuckin)
Jon W. Martin ... David Keller (as Jon Martin)
Madison Deadman Madison Deadman ... Emily Sailler
Anna Spaseski Anna Spaseski ... Maddy Morrison
Mariah Harrison Mariah Harrison ... Tessa Jackson
Emma Dwyer Emma Dwyer ... Kayla Baker
Michael Maurice Michael Maurice ... Principal Richard Harris
Christy Edwards ... Sherrie Sims
Kevin Yon Kevin Yon ... Robert Hipple
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16 year old Jessica Burns has a secret that she's afraid to share with anyone - except her best friend, Brian Slater. For the past year she's been victimized by another girl - her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular and beautiful students. What can you do when the world sees the image of a person but not the reality? With Brian's help and a hidden digital camera, the evidence of Avery's relentless harassment is captured and finally exposed-bringing both girls and their families face to face with the truth. Written by Radish Creative Group

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material involving teens, and for language | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bully Chronicles See more »

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Detroit, Michigan, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Lexi Ainsworth and Hunter King have both been nominated for awards for their roles in two different soap operas. Lexi for General Hospital and Hunter for The Young and the Restless. See more »

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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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Powerful!
28 March 2015 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

Filmed like it was some kind of a documentary, this powerful drama is a real eye opener. A GIRL LIKE HER shows how painful, how piercing, how damaging bullying can be in this day and age where thanks to social media, the means to intimidate, threaten, and taunt somebody has increased significantly, there's about a dozen or more different ways to tell somebody to go kill themselves these days.

A GIRL LIKE HER uses today's popular hand held cam found footage style, but instead of ghosts and supernatural, it tackles the one problem that doesn't seem to want to go away from high schools everywhere, and that is bullying. You would think that after that one whole anti-bullying campaign a few years back, that our high schoolers would be in harmony, singing kumbaya with no problems anymore, but nope.

In this drama, Jessica Burns used to be best friend with Avery Keller, but like most friends, they grow up and grow apart, and one small incident causes Avery to feel resentful towards Jessica. From that point on, Avery victimizes Jessica in every possible way. But the whole high school sees Avery as a saint. And so Jessica's friend, Brian Slater helps Jessica hides a hidden digital camera that captures every evidence of Avery's harassment.

A documentary filmmaker and her crew visit South Brookdale high school to cover the story of the school's success, but they ultimately find a more pressing story in this particular ordeal when Jessica's suicide attempt shocks the entire school. What I think is powerful about A GIRL LIKE HER is that the story is all too common, meaning there is something usually the matter in the bully's home that motivates that bully to bully other people, that and the two opposing sides used to be best friends at one point in time, that is a common story in a lot of bullying cases out there, so A GIRL LIKE HER speaks to the here and now, it goes straight for the jugular, it's not one dimensional, it's not far-fetched either. And I have to give mad props to Hunter King's performance as Avery Keller, the way she tries to cover up Avery's sins, the way she tries to deny them, and the way she bullies, it doesn't get b*tchier than Hunter and she was very convincing. Why kids today still bully each other, I just don't understand, but perhaps bullying is not something that can ultimately be abolished once and for all. We have to keep constantly teach our young ones to respect and show kindness to one another and then hope that they too will teach their kids the same valuable lesson, it all starts at home.

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