Honest View of Teen Thought and Activity
A Quiet Conscience | Canada | 06/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I passed by "Girl" at the video store on more than once occasion because the box didn't look all that interesting. Finally I decided to give it a shot, and I found that it's one of the true gems out there. It's definitely a keeper.Andrea Marr (Dominique Swain) is 18 and about to graduate from high school. Her best friend Cybil is an aspiring rock star who performs with a couple of mutual friends (Chris Masterton from Malcolm in the Middle and David Moscow from Newsies) and is well on her way to being discovered. Andrea is only mildly interested in her friend's stardom, because she is totally obsessed with local hot guy rock star, Todd Sparrow (Sean Patrick Flannery). She goes to all of his concerts and eventually they do hook up. Because Andrea is so into Todd, she doesn't realize that when Cybil sings a love song she's singing it about Andrea. Cybil is in love with Andrea but this fact is slowly revealed through the film and oblivious Andrea has to be hit in the head with a brick to even notice. Even her other friend's (Selma Blair, painfully anorexic looking and well cast) bulimia is pushed aside for the great Todd Sparrow. Andrea navigates the whole underground rock scene, exuding pure joy because this guy Todd notices her...and sleeps with her. After they have sex in a horse stall in a dirty barn after a concert, Andrea's voice over tells us she "feels like a princess." This film has got a great handle on the neediness of young girls and how much value they put on a guy's opinion. It explores how a girl can easily let a guy overshadow her, and how she puts him on a pedestal whether he deserves to be there or not. Like it or not, girls act like this. The film is honest and raw in its portrayal.Andrea does wake up from her fantasy of being "Todd's girl." She finds her own identity and recognizes the fact that her worth is not measured by how she's judged by men, but by how she sees herself. My favorite characters here are Cybil and Rebecca (Summer Phoenix). Cybil is just too cute with all her crazy hairstyles and that dry comeback to everyone's compliments ("It doesn't matter."). Rebecca is Andrea's sort- of guide through the "underworld" of guys, music and pop culture. "Girl" isn't exactly like the book, but for what it is it's better than 99% of the teen tripe that's being produced these days which make teens look like [jerks]. This film shows how hard choices can be, how overwhelming love is, and how much teens really just want to be accepted and allowed to simply live without constant peer pressure and judgement. And in the end, it shows that they do learn from their mistakes and can be redeemed as they grow into adulthood.(I gave this 4 stars out of 5 because I really hated all of the Todd Sparrow songs.)"
Girl: Yes, you can find the music for this movie!
E. Summerell | Sydney, Australia | 03/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVED this movie and was amazed that there was no soundtrack, especially when it centered around a (so-called) 'groupie' and the singer of a band! Finally I discovered that there is music available from The Color Green, apparently formed by Jon Kahn who provides the music that Todd Sparrow performs. Find it at mp3.com. You can order the DAM CD's which play like normal CD's as well as on mp3. 2 songs from the movie 'One Step Forward' and 'Girl' appear on "the color green -- Jon Kahn"  and the song Cybil sings 'Never' plus 'Blood Brothers' and 'Look my way' are on the "the color green -- Acoustic" . I hope this helps other people who may have loved the music the way I did. Enjoy!"
It hurts me.
E. Summerell | 05/08/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I read the book a while back and it is one of my favorite novels. The book was amazing. And while I may be biased, the movie was TERIBBLE. When I first heard about it I was so excited to see it come to life! Then I checked it out and I saw that Tara Reid was playing Cybil. Ewww. I literaly gasped out of horror. Tara is like the anti-Cybil. I'm still horrified. But still, I had hope. Then I saw that Carla was a white blonde and related to Todd (um..Carla was black and cool and definitley not related to Todd). So then I saw it and they left out SO much and changed the plot and Andrea seemed like the typical groupie, which maybe she was but we as an audience want our protaginist to be smart and independent and a little naive and like she was in the book! Not to mention the Color Green songs sucked and what happened to Matthew and Sins of our Fathers? Uhhhhg."
A realistic reminder of my groupie days!
FloozyFlapper1926 | Somewhere in the 20's | 01/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I was definitely a groupie in the early 90's so watching this film brought so much of that back for me. I found this to be a realistic depiction of someone like myself who gets drawn into that whole scene and becomes obsessed over band members. It doesn't matter what state you live in or what kind of band, groupies always remain the same. Its this feeling that is so wonderfully captured. Its a coming of age story for teenage girls. I especially liked the fact that she finally realized at the end what it meant to be a true woman, she saw the error of her ways but at the same time, she didn't make apologies for the mistakes she made.The whole feel of this movie is fantastic as well as the music. I enjoyed spending time with all these different characters that could have been quite a few people I knew at one time. Its one of the best teen films I've seen in a while. I also thought Dominique Swain is someone to definitely watch out for. She's a great actress who put a lot of heart into this role. Her groupie character is very realistic and believable.This is a movie that I think anyone can enjoy. If you are a groupie or have been one at a certain time in your life, you will recognize the thoughts and feelings of the main character."