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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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Rena Grubb
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Bikini Teen
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Kenton
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Madge Grubb
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Barbie
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Faye
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Paramedic
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Short Guard
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Guard Damon
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Deputy Richard
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Hildegarde
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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-fife 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

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

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16 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Confessions of an American Girl  »

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When Barbie is in the bathroom crying, the audio and visual don't match. 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.
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Rena Grubb: I should write that down.
Jay Grubb: Maybe you should embroider it on something.
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Nursery Rhymes
Written and Performed by Christopher Mulkey
Courtesy of Christopher Mulkey
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Fun and tragic. Another terrific movie with Jena Malone.
29 April 2003 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"American Girl" is a wonderful movie about the girl Rena (played by Jena Malone from Donnie Darko) who lives with her family in a trailer. She has to hide when she's with her boyfriend so nobody sees him with her, and her father is in prison for life. After various attempts to kill herself, she decides to visit her father in prison to tell him the news: she is pregnant...

The film is funny in a tragic sort of way, and it takes up some serious issues in life. Very recommendable.


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