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Tart (2000)

Dominique Swain , Brad Renfro , Christina Wayne  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dominique Swain, Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Mischa Barton, Alberta Watson
  • Directors: Christina Wayne
  • Writers: Christina Wayne
  • Producers: Clark Peterson, Derrick Tseng, Diane Isaacs, Jeremy Lappen, Margot Lulick
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tart" on IMDb

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Bijou Phillips, Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain, Lacey Chabert, Melanie Griffith, Mischa Barton - Director: Christina Wayne

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected! July 14, 2005
By Megzi
Format:DVD
I bought this movie at a video store for $2.00 where they were giving away movies for free that didn't sell well. I had wanted to see this movie for a while but I never got around to it. Today I decided what the heck, I'll buy it, it was cheaper to buy it than it was to rent it. So anyway I was expecting a movie with a lot of sex, drugs, and an 'American Pie' type dialogue to boot. What I got was way different. There's hardly any sex (except for one scene from far away, where you can hardly see anything) and the movie was much more serious instead of cheesy (unlike the cover art leads you to believe). A lot have people have complained about a lack of a plot. The plot is there, it's just more drawn out. The movie was very realistic, basically it could have been a biography of any teenage girl's life. It doesn't end happily like most teen movies end, in fact it ends kinda sad but yet in the same sense it says, "life goes on keep plugging at it". I thought it was something any teenage girl could relate to. There aren't a lot of big stars in this movie, the biggest star today would be Mischa Barton who puts on a fake English accent. Anyway, I'm really surprised at all the negative reviews. Yes, the cover art and the movie title makes the movie appear to be some kind of soft-core porno but it's completely different. So never judge a movie by its cover and give it a chance. It's more about relating to it, than being entertained.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A "Tart" of a movie. October 16, 2002
Format:DVD
This is an OK movie, but it could have been a lot better. I watched this movie because I am a fan of Brad Renfro and Dominique Swain. Renfro's acting is quite good as usual in Tart and he is very believable in his role as a popular but troubled teenager. Dominique Swain however is mediocre and doesn't display her true acting talents. Melanie Griffith is credited on the movie case, but her total screen time is merely 20secs(I'm not kidding!).
Tart is a movie that is targeted for the same audience as movies such as 'Cruel Intentions'.
The DVD lacks any extra features (except for a 3min trailer).
Rent the movie from a video store before you choose to buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film - For Some People August 23, 2005
Format:DVD
Straight to the point. . . .there are a lot of mixed reviews here, but I would say that this movie is a really good film. Now, i'm in to the quirky, eye-catching, think you can't stomach what is going on with this film kinda movies that have young up and coming actors/actresses in it. Bijou Philips can always be spotted in most of the films, that's how you know it might fit the mold. Anyway, if you aren't into the crazy larry clark films such as "Kids" and "Bully", or any movies such as that, then this probably won't interest you a bit. Oh, and to that reviewer at the top. . . Megzi i believe their name was. . . .Mischa Barton who is great in the film, she doesn't throw on a fake english accent in the movie. . . she really is from London. . . do your research first!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Bad TiTle July 22, 2004
Format:DVD
This was a very good movie with a very bad title. I thought Swain did a great job showing the confusion that teens really do go through while they're trying to fit in. I definitely recommend it.

This was better than Cruel Intentions.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nose candy? Want some? August 21, 2005
Format:DVD
For the first time in reviewing films, I found myself immediately uninterested in this story. I don't know if it was the way that it was filmed or the story behind the characters, but it felt bland, overused, and completely unoriginal. Within the first thirty minutes, I found myself rather apathetic with all the characters and the story. I felt as if I had seen this structure before, and Tart was providing nothing new to surprise me. After thinking that it may just be my mood, I stopped the film and chose to start it fresh in the morning, but the same feeling persisted. I just didn't care. That is not a good sign. The characters were bland. When I say bland, I literally mean that by watching them develop, you will never have any flavor hit your palate. The story seemed recycled, nearly to the point of plagiarism. Now, I am not saying that Christina Wayne stole this story, but she added nothing fresh to the perspective. The casting was horrid, the underlying symbolism and themes were so far lost that no critic could find them (nor the characters), and the stories were vague and sloppy. You knew nothing about anyone or anything, and instead of pushing more emphasis on the characters, we instead found ourselves with drugs, minor sex, and money pushed into our faces. These are themes we have seen in every film since the dawn of film time, yet somehow could not be creatively captured by Wayne.

What immediately pulled me away from this story? It was mainly the characters. I have seen most of Brad Renfro's work, and honestly he needs to redefine himself. Director Larry Clark has defined him, and oddly he cannot get out of that stereotypical character. Within the first twenty minutes of Renfro's screen time I was bored. I knew exactly what he was trying to portray and why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really that bad?! Worse, is more like it. September 9, 2003
By Brooke
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed Domonique Swain in Lolita, and some of her other small parts. I despised this movie. The story line was incomplete, the importance of certain parts exaggerated (or unexplained), and the plot non-existent ... So many things leave you with a complete blank. I enjoyed the performance of Bijou Phillips, and that was about it. By the end, when you are expecting SOMETHING significant to explain so many things, it ends. No great loss. By the time it ends, I was completely ready for the torture to stop. Yech!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted too like this movie
I really wanted to like this seeing as I like brad renfo I like mischa Barton and bijou Phillips. But the acting was bad excpecislly mischa. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kirababy35
5.0 out of 5 stars Confusion in the upper class.
This movie shows that money can't buy happiness/ make you not Jewish by changing your last name or finding your place in the world of the young and spoiled by being honest . Read more
Published 7 months ago by B Beckner
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruthlessness
of the amoral NYC and Hamptons blueblood teens. We really get the feeling of just how twisted their social hierarchy is. Read more
Published 23 months ago by mr. critic
2.0 out of 5 stars The only reason to watch it
In my opinion, The main reason for watching this is to see Lacy Chabert. She smoked in Mean Girls, which is what lead me to this Film. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Padre Mellyrn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I saw this movie yearrrrsss ago but I only vaguely remembered it and I thought I would really like it, but I didn't feel like renting it so I just bought it. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Paiggeerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Perfect!
The DVD came sooner than I expected and it was in amazing condition for a used product.
Published on April 2, 2007 by B. Fortelny
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Tart Is One Of The Best Film's I've Seen Dominique Swain Is One Of The Best Acttress I Know, I Just Love Her.
Published on January 4, 2007 by Rick Hoag
2.0 out of 5 stars Low-Budget Indie..
The only reason I rented this to start with was on the count of Dominique Swain. I knew ahead of time about all the bad reviews & negative feedback, but I wanted to give it a shot... Read more
Published on November 2, 2005 by Meet Ze Leslie
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Even Bother??
"Tart" is a good illustration of the old the Yogi Berra saying: "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up someplace else". Read more
Published on September 19, 2005 by Only-A-Child
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful
From the cover, this movie looked like a fun mixture of Cruel Intentions and Metropolitan. No such luck. Read more
Published on August 6, 2005 by Elizabeth Lund
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