Just Another Girl on the Irt [VHS]
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(Apr 20, 1999)
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Sassy, in-your-face account of an intelligent, flippant Brooklyn girl who lives in the projects and dreams of college. Ariyan Johnson is captivating as the teen with attitude and a brain, but she cannot decide which should guide her. She wants a better life but finds herself taking a very hard road. First-time writer/director Leslie Harris put together a sharp, realistic, very funny account of life for a young black woman. It is rough around the edges, however, and is definitely hampered by the minuscule budget. This may not always be pretty, but it is consistently interesting. --Rochelle O'Gorman
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for most or any fans of this movie. Anyone trying to watch this on VHS
would like the quality and clarity that it presents. Hopefully the soundtrack can
be sold too. So to any fans like myself would love to own one. Recommend this
well deserved movie to any pre-teen and teen girls/boys.
Just ignore Leonard Maltin's review of this movie. It's unfortunate that the only thing he could focus on were the minor roles played by a few white actors even though their roles accurately portrayed the limited and often contemptuous interactions whites frequently have with inner-city youth. To allude that the director is racist for portraying such interactions is both inaccurate and offensive. It's so much easier to toss charged words around than to acknowledge someone else's truth.
I think this movie should still be shown today because for some reason teen pregnancy seems to bethe norm today where 20 years ago, it was shameful to be a pregnant teen. This movie does a good job conveying a message of how when you make bad choices when it comes to sex before you're ready and when you don't use protection, the consequences of those choices.
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