|Starring:||Evan Rachel Wood, Brady Corbet, Jeremy Sisto, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 May 2004|
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Trust your instincts - maybe I should have...By ThomasKus (147 reviews) from Gloucester , 12 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a film about a thirteen year old girl going off the rails within a very short time and the implications this has for her and her family.
Unfortunately I have to admit that I knew I would not like this film with the first scene. It is difficult to explain why but somehow I found it rather hard to believe what was happening and I felt the film disregarded a great deal of the adolescent psyche. It is difficult to explain (hence 'trust your instincts') but a film that shows how bad teenagers are and that they are up for anything without remorse just does not ring true in this crude black and white portrayal of adolescence. I felt there was little sympathy for any of the main characters, too little conscience on the part of Tracy who seems to go from 'good girl' to 'bad girl' almost in an instance without any guilt feelings or inner struggles.
This is rather unfortunate as I believe the story is principally a good one but neither the direction nor the over-the-top acting of the teenagers can bring it across. Even holly Hunter, who does a good job of plying the mother, can not save this film.
Maybe you will like it if you are a teenage girl in difficulties (although you have to be over 18 to watch this) or maybe you have had a difficult adolescence and some of this touches your soul but it certainly didn't work for me. I would also add 'Parents Beware' as most teenagers are not like this and the vast majority of them become well adjusted adults.
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Don't watch if you have a daughter!By The KnightWatcher (627 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 29 Mar 2013Shocking teen movie about extreme teenage rebellion. To be accepted and shock these skinny rich Californian girls launch into sex, drugs and thieving. They gather more and more outrageous piercings and tattoos. Be glad they are not your daughters. The dialogue is often hard to decipher .Ends on a high with the unconditional love and unending support of a Mum when her life implodes.
I must have led a sheltered childhood (thankfully)By TheWatchman (745 reviews) from Suburbia , 08 Feb 2013Thirteen is the story of two (you guessed it) thirteen year old girls, growing up in Los Angeles. One (Tracey) is growing up the right way, i. e. she studies hard and is generally nice, whereas the other (Evie) is too mature for her own good, engaging in all sorts of illegal vices. However, shes also thought of as both popular and cool. Therefore Tracey is drawn into her world and things start to spiral out of control from there. You can probably guess what out of control thirteen year old girls get up to when theyre left to their own devices, so I wont dwell on that. Instead, Ill mention some of the criticism the film got, namely that too much happens too quickly. That may be true. In real life perhaps all these tragic events wouldnt happen all at once and to only one person (think Kidulthood), but this is a story after all and it would probably be a lot less interesting if the worst thing that happened to Tracey was that her god ate her homework. Secondly, people have said it exploits the underage female actresses. They may have a point on that one, but then so to the filmmakers, who arent afraid of shying away from what kids actually get up to. Thirteen is pretty hard-hitting. Its one of those films thats about kids, but you certainly wouldnt want to let your kids watch. If it teaches us one depressing lesson, its that people who appear nice are usually not. I found this the most realistic part of the whole film. Evie is on the surface lovely. Shes polite to adults, always has the right answer for everything and isnt afraid at lying and dropping someone else in the brown stuff to cover her own despicable actions. Unfortunately, I have met a fair few people like that in life. Theyre poison and they need pointing out so others dont fall for their act. Dont expect all sweetness and hugs from these girls. Its pretty powerful stuff and you have to be in the right mood to watch a film like this. Im just glad I was playing on my Megadrive at thirteen and not on the streets of L. A.
wow, fantastic!!!By a customer , 20 Nov 2011WOW!!! nikki reed n evan rachel woods were amazing in this film, it really does keep true to how hard a teenager can find dealing with different aspects of life n how easy it can be to hide all of this, evan blew me away with her performance, the ending had me in tears, watch it, its fantastic
try itBy a customer , 20 Oct 2011not my idea of a good movie. although had been recommended by friends who really liked it.
i surpose it is good if you yourself were like that at 13.
Awesome!! ;)By PrincessZoX (1 review) from Colchester , 30 Sep 2011Still in love with this film! Don't no what it is about the film but i just keep wanting to watch it all the time. Very, very good :)