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At the start of the movie, Tracy (played by Evan Rachel Wood) is a good student with a not-so-great family life. Her mother is struggling to put food on the table and under a lot of pressure to hold family and home together.
So it makes sense that Tracy would be drawn to "the coolest girl in school", Evie, a wild rebel with a penchant for danger. Evie gladly takes Tracy under her wings, often pushing her into Tracy into situations she isn't prepared for (parents should be aware that some of the scenes are graphic, including sexuality and nudity).
It is impressive that this film is so utterly believable and the sensational and often shocking scenes make sense in the context of Tracy and Evie's lives. Adding to the strength of this film is Holly Hunter's strong performance as a mother who is desperate to save her daughter but isn't quite sharp enough to find the right path. One of the best films of the year, bar none!
Tracy's (the remarkable Evan Rachel Wood) descent into the world of drugs, casual sex, and smiling lies is a descent I have seen far too often in real life. Some reviewers were suspicious of the quickness of her progression into this world. However, one must remember that these are middle schoolers, not twenty-somethings, and the overwhelming insecurity of most 13 year olds allows them to change their images daily. Also, Tracy is not necessarily a "good girl" when the movie begins. She already smokes, and seems to feel stuck in her life both at school and at home. This is evident in scenes she shares with her friends, and a particular scene with her mother (Holly Hunter in an incredible performance), where despite her best efforts, Tracy cannot get the attention she needs from her mother, who is wrapped up in most aspects of her own life, especially romantically.
Thirteen is not for those who wish to shut their eyes to what is truly happening to our culture and society. However, I would recommend that every parent see Thirteen with their child to know the reality of the environment their child is growing up around. If you are a parent, do not believe for a moment that the experiences of Tracy are experiences that take place everywhere else.Read more ›
Although most critics give the film massive acclaim, some have shuddered at the shocking horror of the explicit nature of the teen lifestyles of Thirteen and many perhaps deny the possible accuracy of the film. "Are kids really that bad?" No, not all kids are drug-users dealers hypersexed or criminals but one must admit with a generation raised on MTV and Hollywood scandal , where many kids have to go to school in fear if their classmates may kill them, a generation where many believe oral sex isn't as intimate as kissing, or being a "pimp" or a "thug" is the true aspiration of life...the mood of the film is an unflinching cinematic opus to a generation sadly spiralling out of control.
It was astonishing in its honesty. So many things about both of the girls struck a chord with me. I felt like I could relate completely in my own teenage experiences.
After a while I stopped relating and was suddenly terrified. I'm not a teenager anymore. These things are not ok. They're dangerous and it scares the heck out of me that not only did I do some of these things, but as a parent, my own children could be doing these things... and they might not be as lucky or as smart as I was to get away from them.
What scares me even more about this film is that if I had seen it as a teenager I would have thought it was cool. I might even have tried some of the things I hadn't already or been encouraged to do more of what I had. I would not have the experience I have now to realize the severe emotional and physical reprecussions that engaging in these types of activity can cause.
All in all I strongly recommend you see it, espeically if you are a parent. I think it would be a really good idea to watch and discuss it with your kids. Obviously not every kid is susceptible to these ideas, but when did quality time ever hurt?
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I have loved this movie since the first time i saw it on Lifetime, take it from a woman who was that teen; this movie is pretty accurate!Published 3 days ago by Amanda J Smith
This is a great little Drama with a universal story of wanting to fit in and the disastrous consequences that occur after the "good" girl wood and popular girl Reid become... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Nightwalker - Midnight Review
This movie takes me back to being Thirteen. It's well acted and true to the complexities of being a teenager.Published 2 months ago by Alex Seidl
Very good movie. A sad reminder of how quickly a child's innocence is lost when drugs are involved.Published 2 months ago by Sharon P
A shocking look at life during what we used to call grade school. Hard to believe that seventh graders would have behaved in this manner in the tiny town where I spent my youth,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles Justus Garard
One of my all time favorite movies. Hopefully my child doesn't turn out like these girls though O_oPublished 4 months ago by Melissa Ann
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On the DVD, I believe there's a director's commentary on that scene... I think they explained it as, like, along the lines of... the film doesn't tell whether she gets her life back in order. The cutting, well, Tracy was wearing the wristband before we knew about her cutting. Is she going to... Read More
Apr 3, 2009 by Cheryle R. Bracewell | See all 4 posts
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