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On the Outs

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Editorial Reviews

On The Outs is a gritty drama about three young girls from the same neighborhood whose lives intersect briefly in prison, giving us a powerful look at a little-seen slice of America. The film is based on the lives of real girls from the streets and juvenile jail who lent their voices to the filmmakers and exposed shocking truths about the struggle of kids everywhere who live on the fringes - on the outs - with society.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Creator's commentary
Featurette:Making-of Featurette
Interviews:Interview with Cookie (One of the real girls from the streets)
Other:On Location with Punky Pagan (Consultant and Actor); Rapping with Don Parma
Theatrical Trailer

Special Features

  • Creators' commentary
  • "Making of" featurette
  • "On Location with Punky Pagan" featurette
  • Interview with Cookie, one of the real girls from the streets
  • "Rapping with Don Parma" featurette
  • Sneak preview of upcoming documentary Autumn's Eyes
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Anny Mariano, Judy Marte, Paola Mendoza, Dominic Colón, Flaco Navaja
  • Directors: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
  • Writers: Lori Silverbush
  • Producers: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik, Jon Cohen, Rob Stone
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Polychrome
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000ERVK58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On the Outs" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Chances are that if you watch much film and/or television--you won't find the subject matter of "On The Outs" to be particularly new or enlightening. This small film is a cautionary tale of drug use in the inner city and how it affects the local youth. By intertwining three character studies, the film gives you several different tales of addiction, dealing, and corruption that intersect at a juvenile detention center. But while the stories told in "On The Outs" may seem quite familiar, that does not mean that this film isn't also worth seeing. For what is unusual, "Outs" is told from the vantage point of three underaged girls--and that's not a demographic that is commonly investigated in these types of film. Believably written and performed, "On The Outs" is a worthy addition to the genre of realistic urban street films.

The film follows three girls. We have Oz, a successful drug dealer who is alienated from her addict mother. She bounces into and out of the detention center frequently on routine drug busts, it's just a normal part of her regular life. Marisol, a single mother, struggles with an addiction and the potential loss of her daughter into the foster system. And Suzette, a young girl with a supportive mother, falls in love with a local street dealer and tries to enter his world. All three characters are believable and all of the actresses, though unknown, are effective at depicting the different stages within these sometimes unpleasant stories.

This is not a fun film, but nor does it seek to deliver some "important" political message. It's just a slice-of-life drama about characters caught up in a system. While you may root for them, there will be no conventional "happy endings"--their situations are too realistic to tie everything up nicely.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shanea on May 21, 2006
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Besides having a deep love for gritty street dramas, I am also passionate about strong characterizations, realistic narratives that don't fall into Hollywood machine contrivance, and mindblowing performances. "On the Outs" has all of this and more. It's a daring, bold and courageous character study of three teenage girls caught in a whirlwind of inner city desperation and desolation. Each actress gave an amazing performance, especially Judy Marte who just has an effortless and natural screen presence. I'll say it here first and mark my words, Marte may be one of this generations most gifted and promising actresses. She plays Oz, a thugged out drug dealer caring for her mentally disabled brother and battling internally with her dope fiend mother. Then there is Paola Mendoza as Marisol, a crack-addicted single mother who loses custody of her child while in a juvenile corrections center. And then there is Anny Mariano as Suzette, a young impressionable teen who falls in love with a drug dealer and his dangerous world. All three of these characters represent the broken and saddened voices of American youth today. These are America's "forgotten" daughters. The young women of color who have all the potential in world with very few opportunities to rise above their harsh conditions. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a moving and brutal story with dynamic performances. Prepare to be deeply affected by the wounds of these girls as they struggle to make sense of a world that never quite allows them to heal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Clendenin on January 24, 2007
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This sad and gritty film has earned a half dozen festival awards and nominations. It follows the tragic fates of three young women from Jersey City's ghetto--Suzette (a pregnant runaway teenager), Marisol (a crack addict and young mother), and Oz (a drug dealer), whose lives intersect after their separate paths to prison. Nearly every influence in their lives, whether personal or social, is harmful to them, including school, music, home, friends, drug and alcohol abuse, and, most of all, their trash-talking, gangsta boys. The girls live in a malevolent universe that is parallel to anything you would consider normal. Whether they got there by bad luck, bad choices, or by a heartless society that has victimized them is debatable. The director shows his hand, though, with several shots of the Statue of Liberty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 6, 2006
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On The Outs from Polychrome Pictures is the outstanding tale of three young women, Suzette, a fifteen-year-old runaway, Oz, a seventeen-year-old drug dealer, and young Marisol, a seventeen-year-old single-mother struggling with both custody of her child and a serious drug addiction. Depicting a tale based on the lives of real girls, On The Outs captivates viewers through its incredible telling of each of the girl's individual stories through to their meeting in a juvenile jail and the evocative occurrences which brought them each there. On The Outs is very highly recommended as the engaging story of three young women captured in a vivid reality faced by so many teens today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jasline Devereaux on August 16, 2007
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I really felt this movie. Independent films are improving dramatically. In most films depicting the harsh realities of growing up in the ghetto, the main characters are men, and black. I am proud now to see women playing the lead roles in ghetto stories.
I can relate to 2 out of the 3 stories. Marisol was my mother before she(my mom) was killed. I was Marisol's daughter, hungry and wondering when or if my mom was coming home.
I made a real personal connection with Oz. I related to her tomboyish ways and her attitude. Oz was tough, but only because she had to be. With an aging grandmother, and a drug-addicted mother who has repeatedly let her down in life, Oz's only choice of survival that she knew was the streets. She had to make the way for her and her brother whom she loved terribly. At seventeen, that was a lot to take on. And she thought she could, until it all came crashing down on her too fast.
Suzette was a promising young teenager. And she was just that; a teenager. With a hard-working mom who was rarely at home, Suzette was free. Too free. She broke the rules and took a chance on a situation she simply didn't understand. Daydreams defaced reality and she ended up pregnant. Seeing that the boyfriend accepted her situation, she did what most teenagers who believe in fairy tales do; she put her trust in him and a dream. Then she gets caught with his gun and ends up in juvie.
I must say that I am glad to see a film like this in a latin perspective. It shows how black and latin livelihood are very similar in the ghetto and that we are not alone in our struggles. It shows three latin teenage girls who buckle under the pressure with the choice of taking responsibility for their actions and making it better or worse.
Respectable applause. Shout out to Judy Marte (Oz). Good job on being a remarkable tomboy for the very first time. You made an impact on me.
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