Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sex and Drugs on Melrose at Thirteen

Anyone who was ever a thirteen year old can certainly relate to several aspects of this film. Even I, the antithesis of the main character of Thirteen, Tracy, can understand the frustrations and difficulties depicted in the movie.

Incredibly moving. It made me cringe and look away, yet engrossed me to the point where I needed to see the salvation of the good girl gone bad. The struggles of an American teenager with divorced parents, a mother who is a recovering addict, and the peer pressures of sex, drugs and materialism are all touched upon and delved into so deeply in this film that it makes you want to turn it off before you see too much. And yet you cannot. The issues are split open like a bad cut, and though it is painful to see, it is important to understand.

Excellent, excellent film. So well written. So well made. It opens up a can of worms that needs to be opened.

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