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Odd Girl Out

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Vanessa (Alexa Vega) is an attractive, intelligent, and popular teenager, who's living a near perfect existence. "Queen Bee" Stacey, motivated by her jealousy, quietly encourages her loyal followers to instigate a devastaing campaign to relentlessly torment Vanessa. Lisa Vidal and Leah Pipes costar. Extras include deleted scenes, trailers, and more.

"Girls are brutal," a father warns his young son in the course of Odd Girl Out. "They… tear each other to bits over the smallest things." Director Tom McLoughlin's 2005 film proves it, too, offering up a harrowing tale of one teenager's horrendous treatment at the hands of her high school classmates. When we meet Vanessa (Alexa Vega, also seen in Spy Kids), she's a reluctant member of a group of spoiled, snooty girls who rule the school hallways like designer-dressed harpies. But when she betrays "best friend" and clique leader Stacey (Malcolm in the Middle's Leah Pipes), it all starts to go south; little matter that said betrayal is actually concocted by the genuinely vicious Nikki (Elizabeth Rice). What begins as a relatively petty campaign of text messages, rumor-mongering, and daily ostracism soon escalates into full-scale torment and cruelty, including a particularly nasty website, an invitation to a party that doesn't exist (the better to humiliate the eager and insecure Vanessa), and her near-tragic reaction to these events. McLoughlin's resume includes TV shows based on A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, so it's no surprise that this film has a stylized, horror film vibe; there is nothing remotely light-hearted about this story (loosely based on Rachel Simmons' non-fiction book Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture Of Aggression In Girls), which focuses not only on Vanessa's nightmare but on the well-meaning but futile efforts of her mother (Lisa Vidal) to help. But having stoked the viewer to expect Stacey, Nikki, and their co-conspirators to get the comeuppance they so richly deserve, the director delivers a largely unsatisfying denoument. Too bad, because up until then, Odd Girl Out is a real eye-opener, and a frighteningly accurate account of the living hell that is high school life. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes, Elizabeth Rice, Alicia Morton
  • Directors: Tom McLoughlin
  • Writers: Matthew McDuffie, Rachel Simmons, Richard Kletter
  • Producers: Christopher Morgan, Howard Braunstein, Jonathan Eskenas, Kimberly C. Anderson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA5GY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Odd Girl Out" on IMDb

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on February 9, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie deals with issue of female aggression, a topic aptly covered in the movie, Mean Girls. But unlike Mean Girls, this movie is devoid of humor, narrowing in on how destructive this type of behavior is (with no comic relief).

This movie heavily borrows dialogue and material from its namesake, Rachel Simmons' groundbreaking book. This movie is a great companion to the book, offering us a case study of female aggression carried to the limit. Vanessa, initially a confident, well-adjusted girl, becomes a different person after the onslaught of rumors, hateful IMs, and verbal harrassment. Her mom, Barb Snyder, is distraught when she learns Vanessa's school has no clearly delineated procedures for handling verbal abuse. If abuse is physical (like the scene between two boys in the gym in the beginning of the movie), then school policy is well established. The principal realizes that something needs to be done when Barb brings in a print-out of horrid IM messages she sees on Vanessa's computer screen. Even Vanessa's attempted suicide does not bring these girls to their knees--they have become a dangerous form of insecurity, posturing to each other and making a pathetic attempt to build themselves up at the expense of Vanessa.

Emily is a refreshing counterpoint to the "white tornados," as she calls the clique who are bullying Vanessa. She doesn't care about the clique's approval (all of their insults are like "water off a duck's back") and helps Vanessa recover after her hospitalization. She tells Vanessa the truth: the girls are threatened by Vanessa and jealous of her accomplishments. She stresses the point that Vanessa can't afford to internalize the clique's nasty and delusional projections.

This is a great message for girls and survivors of bullying.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Kidd on December 29, 2005
Format: DVD
I just wanted to share with the world that I am a survivor of the same torment. I truly believe that there is a bully in every generation. I absolutely dreaded going to school. By the time my Senior year of high school rolled around, I was invincible. I can't remember how many times I cut class. I hated being bullied. But I wanted to tell today's generation that bringing weapons to school is not the answer. I am now 33 years old and my life has gotten better. There is light at the end of that never ending tunnel. You are not alone! I remember every minute of the torment but I choose to forgive and forget and get on with my life. Yes, it did hurt. But it's over now. Keep your head up! You will succeed! This movie really touches me. A must see!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Diaspora Chic on December 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Boys tend to be physical when they bully their peers. Girls use emotional vice. In this movie based on the book, Vanessa is bullied by her peers becasue she doesn't fit their "clique". Her friend Stacy sees this but she doesn't do anything. She stands at the sidelines watching them taunt this girl through chat lines and websites. Vanessa can't understand why she is being targeted and why her friend from childhood sits there.

From the beginning of the movie, it seemed like it was over a guy that didn't take interest in Stacy but in Vanessa. That made you wonder if what was happening to Vanessa was the reason behind it. But as the movie progressed, it is more about them, Niki's pack, that make themselves popular by terrorizing others.

An African-American girl in the movie saw these girls detrimental to her psyche and avoided them. She had a good head on her shoulders, where many teenagers, especially girls are lacking. They value themselves according to the clothes they wear, the style of their hair and who they hang out with.

Although no longer a teenager, I liked this movie because some things still haven't changed when I left high school. And I liked that the movie gave a positive role of an African-American teenager which is rare in some of these films today. The movie does go into sequences as to how Vanessa deals with the daily struggle of a student tormented and what happens when things take their toll on her. I hope that many girls, and guys that are watching this movie will get an idea of what it is liked to be the bully (Niki's crowd), the bullied (Vanessa) and the sideliner (Stacy).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zelly Zeugirdor on March 2, 2008
Format: DVD
I am not a movie critic, but I don't need to be to give this film 5 stars. As a twenty year educator and now a school counselor, I well-know there is a enough accuracy in this presentation that any condensing or exaggerating done by Hollywood is done for the purpose of getting this despicable message into a very narrow time limit, in order to educate as many people as possible. Regardless how different the story or the girls, the pain is the same. Consider, too, how much more painful for those young people who are not so pretty, not so athletic, not supported by a healthy family. As I watched this film just this last Saturday, I could not back up from it enough to judge the acting, for I had to exert all my efforts in not crying in front of the other seminar attendees.

In my childhood I was sister of the town "bad boy," and was a constant target for teasing and harassment, even though I was nothing at all like my brother. Cyber-bullying was not an issue for me, but had we had computers, I am certain the harassment would have included that venue. I wasn't pretty. I didn't wear nice clothes. A very nasty little girl in our class was the Queen Bee from 2nd grade clear through high school; and when it was just the two of us she was decent to me, but when her group was with her she was merciless. A new boy came in the 6th grade, and she decided he looked like a character from one of our literature pieces, so she nicknamed him "Icabod." I was one of a few who refused to call him that, but, a victim myself, I never had the courage to confront Queen Bee and her gang of heartless friends.

Had I experienced a more positive childhood I am certain my life would have been different.
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