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Girlfriend (2012)

Shannon Woodward , Jackson Rathbone , Justin Lerner  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shannon Woodward, Jackson Rathbone, Amanda Plummer, Evan Sneider
  • Directors: Justin Lerner
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TOSB7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Girlfriend" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


observant and heartfelt --Ray Benett, The Hollywood Reporter

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

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

Product Description

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I approached the indie "Girlfriend" with some trepidation. As the central protagonist is a young man with Down Syndrome, I was worried that the movie might be overly sentimental or would strain for uplift as sometimes these well meaning endeavors attempt. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, that this was NOT a movie about Down Syndrome. Instead, it happens to be a film in which the lead character is living with Down. And even more refreshing, he's flawed and frustrating and embodies a three dimensional character with foibles, poor judgement, and the expected complexities of a young man struggling toward adulthood. In his first full length feature, writer/director Justin Lerner has established a movie that feels simultaneously real and offbeat. And while I wasn't entirely convinced throughout the plot, the characters felt so grounded that I was swept up in this unusual tale.

"Girlfriend" introduces us to Evan (Evan Sneider, who is Down in real life) who shares a comfortable rural existence with his mother (the great Amanda Plummer. Where has she gone? Why don't we see her more often?). Evan is a sociable enough individual who yearns for normalcy. He works in the restaurant industry with this mom, he tries to keep up with high school friends, he crushes on a girl (Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward) and gets caught up in the drama, intrigue, and romance of his favorite TV programs. More than anything, though, he just wants to have a girl by his side and his sights are set on Woodward. Things take a turn when Evan is left on his own, and he attempts to get closer to his dream girl by rescuing her from dire financial straits. This squarely gets him caught up in a complicated domestic situation that also involves her former flame (Jackson Rathbone) and her young son.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By nae518
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie September 18, 2012
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This is a wonderful movie with quite a bit of drama. The actors are amazing in their roles. Evan Schneider is an actor with a lot of talent and promise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative!!! April 20, 2012
By Sabine
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 20, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie March 23, 2014
By luis f
I didn't know what to expect with this movie but I'm glad I watched it.great movie.the ending was great.well acted
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly predictable but good March 12, 2014
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I'm not mad I watched this all the way through but the ending was problematic though.

Certain elements of the story could've been developed more and others seemed improbable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Turned it off quickly..
Foul language immediately and I mean f- bombs. I wish there were common sense ratings given for these movies that have no rating so I would waste my time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenges of Life
This movie is captivating. The young man who is the main star shows everyday people how he deals with life being "different". Read more
Published 1 month ago by M LaLane
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Well done and believable story keeps your interest from the beginning to the end with an ending filled with promise and hope.
Published 2 months ago by Happy shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars WOWSA!
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dancinhomer
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
I like movies teaching me how others with disabilities view life and how they are treated - this was one of those movies ;-)
Published 2 months ago by jane5555
3.0 out of 5 stars Summary:
Basically a story about a guy with downsyndrome who pays this chick thousands of dollars, babysits her kid, and lets her crash at his place, just so he can end up sleeping with her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by OliverHart
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought...
I thought this movie was going to be a lot better. I was surprised in some parts and there were sad parts as well, but I probably would not buy or watch this film again.
Published 2 months ago by Mayra Gutierrez
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching story
Good story and acting. Enjoyed seeing Jackson Rathbone. It's worth watching. The young man playing Evan did a really good job.
Published 3 months ago by Rockerchic
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and thought provoking
I thought it was great, I like seeing movies with people that have mental disabilities than can act and are funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Seaquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent! This film is both challenging and emotional. It invites detailed thought into areas you don't naturally consider in everyday life. First class.
Published 6 months ago by Grant Smith
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