DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Sarah Clarke
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Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke
Studio: 20th Century Fox/ Fox Searchlight
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Thirteen year old Tracy (Golden Globe Nominated Evan Rachel Wood) just started 7th grade, and doesn’t want to be a loser anymore so she befriends the most popular girl in school Evie (co-writer Nikki Reed). Meanwhile, Tracy is having problems with her Mother (Holly Hunter) at home. She was nominated for an Oscar today for her performance in this movie. Being friends with Evie leads to drugs, piercings, sex, crime, and a bunch of other out of control teenage girl things. Tracy’s Mother tries desperately to get her daughter under control and rescue her from her wildness before it’s too late.

The movie had a lot of great acting from Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter and Nikki Reed. Wood carries the film and delivers a realistic performance of a troubled wild teenager girl. Holly Hunter did an awesome job as the trying to be cool, but worried Mother. I can see why she got an Oscar nod, plus she got naked for the movie and Oscar voters always like that haha. Nikki Reed co-wrote the screenplay with Catherine Hardwicke and I believe Nikki wrote it based on experience? The story felt real and scary to me, I said to myself: “I never want to have a daughter.” They just seem out of control and bitchy to me but it depends on the situation they are in and how the parents raise them. Another important thing is who your kids hang out with because they could be a big influenced on them. The movie’s style I liked, the way it was shot and the way it looked was great. For instance, during one scene where Tracy starts to attack her brother and then fights with her mom in the living room, the camera is going like a seesaw. That trick worked effectively. The beginning of the movie the film looked like it had a lot of color and gradually turned to blue towards the end of the movie. From the Indie movie I’ve seen, a lot of them incorporate color into the movie as a mood.

Their is a few extras on here like audio commentary. I listened to that for a few minutes during some slow scenes to see what they were saying. There is a few deleted/extended scenes but they aren’t that special. There’s also a trailer and a Making Of featurette on the disc that wasn’t that long. Could have been more extras on here.

Though the movie was good, this isn’t something I would watch on a normal basis, you know. Unless you’re into that sort of thing, and want to get depressed and see kids screw up their lives. I’d suggest rent the movie first to see if you like, and then buy it if you do like the movie.

Side 1
– One Commentary Track Featuring: Director/Co-Writer Commentary by Catherine Hardwicke, Co-Writer/Actress – Commentary by Nikki Reed, Actor Commentary by Evan Rachel Wood and Brady Corbet
– Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary

Side 2
– One Commentary Track Featuring: Director/Co-Writer Commentary by Catherine Hardewicke, Co-Writer/Actress
– Commentary by Nikki Reed,
– Actor Commentary by Evan Rachel Wood and Brady Corbet
– Making Of Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
– 2 Easter Eggs

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: This wasn’t the type of movie where I’ d go, hey that was my favorite scene ya know?
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 99 minutes
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