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Runaway Teens Rockin to the '80s in Dirty Girl

A feeble teenage-outcast movie set in 1987, Dirty Girl exists primarily as a vehicle for first-time writer-director Abe Sylvia’s favorite Reagan-era jams. Two Oklahoma high schoolers—slutty back-talker Danielle (Juno Temple) and chubby, closeted Clarke (Jeremy Dozier)—lam it to Fresno, California. She hopes to reunite with her biological dad, and he hopes to escape further gay bashings from his own father; their road trip provides both sub-sitcom emotional revelations about daddy damage and a Teena Marie sing-along. For a film that’s supposed to be rooted in such a specific time and place, Sylvia isn’t really concerned with details: Costumes, hair, and décor appear to be the work of That ’70s Show interns; William H. Macy, as Danielle’s Mormon soon-to-be stepdad, continuously muffs a Sooner State drawl. The adolescent protagonists’ epiphanies are made even tinnier by the soundtrack, as Sylvia can barely stand to let two minutes pass without blaring Pat Benatar or Nu Shooz.

 
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Kelly
Kelly

I saw this movie last night at the ArcLight Hollywood, it was amazing! What a refreshing change from all the junk that is being released these days. I can hardly believe that critics don't like this. All I can think is that they are not comfortable with strong women and or gay males, what a shame in this day and age. The music is fantastic, I am going to buy the soundtrack. As one who was raised in the mid-west during the 80"s the hairdo's and outfits were spot on! It was a walk down memory lane, I laughed through the entire movie as did the entire audience . If you are up for some great humor, I highly recommend this movie.

 

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