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Stargirl (2020)

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A boy becomes intrigued by a mysterious and quirky student named Stargirl and spends his time trying to know more about her.

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Julia Hart

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Kristin Hahn (screenplay by), Julia Hart (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grace VanderWaal ... Stargirl Caraway
Graham Verchere ... Leo Borlock
Giancarlo Esposito ... Archie
Maximiliano Hernández ... Mr. Robineau (as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Karan Brar ... Kevin Singh
Annacheska Brown ... Tess Reed
Collin Blackford ... Benny Burrito
Allison Wentworth ... Dori Dilson
Juliocesar Chavez ... Alan Ferko
Artemis ... Mallory Franklin
Julia Flores ... Summer
Gabriella Surodjawan ... Kim
Shelby Simmons ... Hillary Kimble
John Apolinar ... Wayne Parnell
Alex James ... Zack James
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Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is an average student at Mica High School. He gets decent grades, is a member of the school's marching band and has always been content flying under the radar. But all that changes when he meets Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a confident and colorful new student with a penchant for the ukulele, who stands out in a crowd. She is kind, finds magic in the mundane and touches the lives of others with the simplest of gestures. Her eccentricities and infectious personality charm Leo and the student body, and she quickly goes from being ignored and ridiculed to accepted and praised, then back again, sending Leo on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. A celebration of individuality, kindness and the power of the human spirit, "Stargirl" is directed by Julia Hart from a screenplay by Kristin Hahn and Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli. The film stars singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal in her film debut, Graham Verchere, Karan ...

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A coming-of-age story about a high schooler who finds himself drawn to the free-spirited new girl.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements. | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This is the last Walt Disney Pictures film to include the 1967 MPAA logo in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

When Stargirl is singing on the football field everyone on the stands can hear her. In reality she wouldn't even be heard by the cheerleaders. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What to Watch: Watch Like a Pro: Giancarlo Esposito (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Thirteen
Written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell (as Christopher Bell)
Performed by Big Star
Courtesy of Stax Records/Concord
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A Movie About Redemption
14 March 2020 | by rlp-23272See all my reviews

Stargirl is not perfect; some scenes are perfect, and they are the ones with Grace in centerscreen or with Graham. But there were some where her novice acting ability was apparent. Those are few and far between. For those scenes I fault the director - I wish Ms. Hart would have used a different take on those occasions.

I'm glad the movie doesn't follow the book exactly. The book was much darker, nastier, and meaner than the movie. I did miss the pebble wagon though. I thought that was an integral part of Stargirl's thought process and how she lived her life. The essence of the story remains, however.

I don't understand some of the negative reviews; although the supporting characters are necessary and provide much-needed distraction, I don't feel it necessary to give them any more airtime than they got. Karan Arjun did a great job as Graham's antagonist and comes off as the better actor; that's likely due to more experience in front of the camera. The 2000 vs. 2020 comparison is sort of meaningless if you understand the true theme of the movie.

Which, in my opinion, is redemption. Without giving too much of the plot away, the penultimate scene at the Winter Ball was subtle yet historic. I can't recall any other film that expresses the love of one person for another as what Stargirl does for Leo. This was not in the book; Ms. Hart did take some liberty here but it's well worth the difference.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Belen, New Mexico, USA See more »

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