Top definition. A depressingly wonderful movie about a young teenager girl struggling with the urge to fit in. So don't give us your sheltered view on the average life of a 13 year old girl.
Friday 04 October UK News feed. From first-time director Catherine Hardwicke and her teenage muse and co-writer, Nikki Reed, comes Thirteen, a raw, revealing and honest account of adolescence in the present day. I first watched this film at home, and when it was over I felt a mixture of emotions.
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Loosely based on Reed's life from ages 12 to 13, the film's plot follows Tracy, a junior high school student in Los Angeles who begins dabbling in substance abuse, sex, and crime after being befriended by a troubled classmate. The screenplay for Thirteen was written over a period of six days by Hardwicke and the thenyear-old Reed; Hardwicke, a former production designer, independently raised funds herself for the production. Though it received numerous favorable reviews from critics, Thirteen generated some controversy for its depiction of youth drug use including inhalantsmarijuanaLSDand alcoholunderage sexual behaviorand self-harm.
There used to be formalized rites of passage to bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood; now some kids just fall into the chasm and barely get out. Feeling insecure about her looks, her emotions, her place in the world, she may reach out and grab onto anything as a life buoy, even if it means falling in with the wrong crowd. Nikki Reed was 13 when she worked on the screenplay; she is now 15 and enjoying her first-time credits both as co-screenwriter and as co-star in the film opening today.
Culture Film. It's a flash, brash piece of provocation about how young girls' sexuality becomes live - like exposed electric wire - earlier than we like to think and how we contrive simultaneously to deny it and to fetishise and commercialise it. This is the dark side of Dawson's Creek and Buffy; it's the worst-case scenario emerging from the cute sleepover kits on sale in toyshops to nine-toyear-olds with their hair braids and makeup.
Catherine Hardwicke's scorching "Thirteen" takes a seemingly small subject, the growing pains of adolescent girls in a Los Angeles area suburb, and makes a volatile, feverish world out of it, digging deeper than you would have thought possible. It's an excellent, unforgettable film, one of the prize American indies of the year, but it's also deeply disturbing: a portrayal of fast-lane life among "ordinary" kids--encompassing sex, drug use and petty crime--that takes an unblinking view of casual self-destruction among the young, yet never seems sensationalized. That's a striking contrast to most American movies about contemporary girls in their teens: all those movies that take place in a never-never land of pop media fantasy, filled with mini-Britneys, mini-Madonnas, tin Lizzie McGuires and glossy clones of Lindsay Lohan or the Olsen twins.
The term "cinematherapy" calls to mind soapy movie-of-the-weeks endlessly rerunning on a women's channel, but that stigma just might be changing with Thirteen. Critics and therapists are calling Catherine Hardwicke's directorial debut cinematherapy, too, though Thirteen is more like shock treatment than a couple of hours on a cushy couch. A bracing look at preteens' scary initiation into the very adult rites of sex and drugs, Thirteen is no picnic to watch -- but that's really rather the point: the unglamorization of activities relentlessly, ruthlessly glamorized by the media.