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American Girl (2002)

A pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life.

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Jordan Brady

Writer:

Scott Sandoe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jena Malone ... Rena Grubb
Harmony Blossom ... Bikini Teen
Erik von Detten ... Kenton
Michelle Forbes ... Madge Grubb
Alicia Witt ... Barbie
Brad Renfro ... Jay Grubb
Chris Mulkey ... John Grubb
Micole Mercurio ... Faye
Wayne Federman ... Paramedic
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Buddy
Andrew Bowen ... Short Guard
Damon Standifer ... Guard Damon
Kevin Gage ... Deputy Richard
O-Lan Jones ... Hildegarde
David Dionisio David Dionisio ... Burly Guard
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Storyline

The needy teenager Rena Grubb lives with her dysfunctional family of losers in a trailer park. The most popular boy in her school is dating her only for sex, and does not want to be seen with her. Her brother Jay is gay; her older half-sister Barbie is a bitch; and her mother Madge works hard in several low-qualification jobs to raise money to support her family. Rena is asking her mother to go to the annual picnic with her beloved missing low-life father John Grubb, who is in prison sentenced to two life sentences. Rena is pregnant and collects the cards her father sends to her from the prison. When Madge decides to go with her family to the picnic, and along the day, the family finds how mean and nasty John is, shattering the dreams of Rena with her father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Family is the ultimate life sentence.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, teen suicidal behavior, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of an American Girl See more »

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Goofs

When Rena tries to slit her wrist with a plastic spork, she alternates between using her left and right hands in every shot. See more »

Quotes

Rena Grubb: You don't love daddy, do you Jay?
Jay Grubb: No
Rena Grubb: Why not? He's your daddy just like i'm your sister. I haven't done anything for you to just give me your love.
Jay Grubb: You never tried to shit on it either.
Rena Grubb: When somebody gives you their love you should try not to shit on it i guess.
[pauses]
Rena Grubb: I should write that down.
Jay Grubb: Maybe you should embroider it on something.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Angel
Written and Produced by Amotz Plessner and Eddie Chacon
Performed by Eddie Chacon
Published by Eddie Chacon (BMI) and In the Hat (BMI)
Courtesy of Amotz Plesser and Eddie Chacon
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Great indie!
22 February 2005 | by agirlwhoreallylovesmoviesSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie. Quite a bit, actually.

Jena Malone is a great actress, and like another reviewer said, she's destined for truly great things. I think this film really showed that off. She's got a great talent that's barely been tapped, and I know that we'll be seeing her in other movies in the near future. If she's able to make a smooth transition into adult roles, I can see her as a leading lady in the not-too-distant future.

The story about a teenage girl traveling to visit her father in prison for the annual picnic seems boring and uninteresting, but a great supporting cast and excellent direction makes it well worth watching.

If you like indie films, this is one to check out.


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