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Girlfriend

4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Winner of three Audience Awards, GIRLFRIEND is a moving, coming-of-age drama that explores the nature of love and human compassion. Evan, a young adult with Down Syndrome, lives with his mother (Amanda Plummer, PULP FICTION) in a poor, working-class town. When he unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money, he decides to use it to help out his friend and high school crush, Candy (Shannon Woodward, RAISING HOPE TV Series), a single mother deeply in-debt and facing eviction. The two form an unlikely relationship, and everything seems to be falling into place, until Candy s volatile ex-boyfriend, Russ (Jackson Rathbone, THE TWILIGHT SAGA) interferes, resulting in an eruption of secrets and emotions. GIRLFRIEND subverts conventions, presenting a fresh take on love, struggle and family in contemporary society.

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observant and heartfelt --Ray Benett, The Hollywood Reporter

tremendous heart and integrity... gentle, optimistic and just about right --Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

sweet, beguiling, and at times wrenching --Steve Pond, The Wrap

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shannon Woodward, Jackson Rathbone, Amanda Plummer, Evan Sneider
  • Directors: Justin Lerner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TOSB7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Girlfriend" on IMDb

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This movie is innovative! A lead actor with Down-Syndrome,(Evan is such a lovely young man!),passionate cast and crew with love for this project! 100 Monkeys created the score so don`t miss it!
You didn`t need a lot of money to tell a great story...
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By dancinhomer on February 10, 2014
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First and foremost, be cautioned that although this movie is about the struggles of a person with Down's Syndrome, this is NOT a feel-good Hallmark movie... not by a long shot. This movie is a stark, gripping tale of a mentally challenged person trying to navigate his way in his rural community.

What I found so refreshing about this film is that it is utterly devoid of cliches. Everyone tries to cut the protagonist some slack, but some have a lot less patience than others. These characters aren't stellar people. They are heavily flawed. They just recognize that the protagonist is who he is. None of them want to be seen as the person who was cruel to the guy with Down's. They may do terrible things, including not-so-nice things to the protagonist, but nearly everyone puts forth the effort not to be upsetting to the guy (with varying degrees of success) and that's dang refreshing (and much more realistic in this day and age).

The performances are jaw-dropping. I didn't see a single player who wasn't thoroughly convincing in his/her role, particularly Shannon Woodward, who shows a range I never suspected she had (although I do enjoy her in the *Raising Hope* sitcom), Jackson Rathbone (who, in any other movie, would easily steal every scene he was in) and Evan Sneider, who puts forth an amazing performance.

In short, this movie is engrossing. It's not a "triumphant tale of the human spirit," but that's what makes it one of the best movies about Down's Syndrome ever. There is profanity and a lot of sexual situations, but anyone who doesn't automatically decline a movie based on that should see this film. This is a "can't-miss" if ever there was one.
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this movie was not at blockbuster for sure but it will live in my home lib. forever. Love the actors new and old "Eathan" hope to see more of him, hie did so well, 100 Monkeys rocked the score and loved orson brawl at the party. Least favorite was not loving Jackson as such a bad person, don't fit his image so well, but maybe we will see more of him in this way. Again Way to Go Jarad Anderson for his small but great roll as well. Hope to see more.

LOVE ANYTHING 100 Monkey related.
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Well well where to start?

Acting, score, scene, everything is pretty much perfect
in this movie.
You will watch it over and over again!

Don't miss Evan Sneider, the first leading actor with down-syndrome,
he is just fantastic.
Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga, S. Darko)
as the bad guy really shows his incredible talent.

Everyone needs this movie!
There should be more independent movies
like "Girlfriend".

The 5 stars are well deserved.
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At first glance you might think Girlfriend is your typical romance movie, but although there is "love" involved the film is really about human relationships, not just of the romantic type. This is the story of a man (Evan) with down syndrome as he encounters the harshness of the world while he attempts to have a "love affair." Candy (Shannon Woodward) his long time crush, is a struggling single mother with an abusive ex-boyfriend, Russ (Jackson Rathbone). Evan wants nothing more than to be Candy's boyfriend and help her with her problems, while Candy just wants to protect her son Simon. It's an interesting story of the interwoven relationships in a small town and how harsh life can be. The director, Lerner, did a fantastic job portraying Evan's struggles without making him a character to pity.
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I just love this movie! I hear about it while ago and never could find it, so when I come across it on here I picked it up. This is a emotional movie that leaves you wanting more. The whole cast has done a amazing job with this. Congrats!!
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It's very difficult to discuss my full impressions on GIRLFRIEND without a few spoilers, but I'll give it my critical best. At least, I'll try to contain any spoilers to points that either (A) I think are relevant for discussion or (B) I think are entirely predictable given the obvious narrative of the story. In Evan's world - Evan being the lead character - he's only given one sympathetic supporter: his mother Celeste (played by the usually reliable Amanda Plummer is, sadly, killed off with absolutely no background or protracted explanation - the saddest of plot contrivances in the entire flick). She's there one minute, and, fifteen minutes later, she's dead. Also, if you've seen the preview (I strongly encourage you to avoid it if you haven't), then you've practically seen the film - certainly, you've seen most critical thematic elements - another tremendous disservice to a motion picture thanks to idiotic studio marketers.

Our story: Evan (played by newcomer Evan Sneider, a sufferer of Downs Syndrome) finds himself parentless and virtually abandoned by the rest of his family. Desperate for companionship, he acts on his long-suppressed attraction to local skank, Candy (convincingly played by Shannon Woodward), only to find himself in the middle of a dangerous triangle with her and her destructive somewhat-ex-boyfriend, Russ (Jackson Rathbone). Used by all parties for their various selfish motivations, Evan winds up being little more than a victim of constant deception, abuse, and exploitation ... one could argue even at the hands of a young writer/director.
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