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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 19 June 2006
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writer:

Shelley Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Sylvia Guerrero
JD Pardo ... Eddie
Lupe Ontiveros ... Mami
Henry Darrow ... Papi
Corey Stoll ... Joey Marino
Leela Savasta ... Chita Araujo
Avan Jogia ... Danny Araujo
Jacqueline Samuda ... Angie
Zak Santiago ... Carlos Guerrero
Jay Brazeau ... Defense Attorney
Hrothgar Mathews ... Prosecutor
Marilyn Norry ... Dr. Martin
Tegan Moss ... Lisa
Michael Dillman Michael Dillman ... Eddie (7 Years)
Nicole Muñoz ... Chita (10 Years)
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Storyline

Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom's makeup and wearing her mom's clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom's eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. Written by r2k443

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He was just who she was.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Details

Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Girl: The Gwen Araujo Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Avan Jogia's first acting role. See more »

Goofs

The defense attorney noted that Joey had punched a wall and broke his hand after Sylvia had told him that Gwen was not really a female. A day or two after Sylvia tells him, a drunken Gwen walks along the fence of the construction site in which Joey was working; Joey walks up to the fence and you can clearly tell that none of his hands looked damaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Guerrero: [to Eddie] All that work to get you into a new school where kids wouldn't make fun of you. I just don't get it. Will you talk to me?
Eddie: You don't wanna talk.
Sylvia Guerrero: I'm asking...
Eddie: But you don't. I see you working so hard to make us like everybody else.
Sylvia Guerrero: No. To make you happy.
Eddie: I hate my life, Mom. I hate it every single day!
Sylvia Guerrero: Don't say that.
Eddie: There's something wrong with me!
Sylvia Guerrero: There is nothing wrong with you!
Eddie: You see? You, I can't it no matter how hard I try, it's like everybody knows, so I'm not gonna hide it ...
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Soundtracks

Vasilon
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Important, true story...
14 March 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Today it seems films addressing these issues are still underexposed and maligned at times, the message is important and this film should be recommended in schools.

The third time I watched this film I understood the clear severity of discrimination and hatred that is deflected onto various individuals in American "society". This film is based on a true story wherein J.D. Pardo portrays a trans-gendered high school student. Mercedes Ruehl is excellent as the single mother, struggling to understand her son, and what is plaguing him.

The screenplay is particularly well-done, in that we see the family unit, how much Ruehl and the grandparents love their children, and the build-up to ensuing tragedy.

The court scenes could be tiresome, but are not as the film flashes back to what actually occurred, and the murder trial. Of the three culprits, none were charged with hate crimes. Highly recommended. 9/10.


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