A lot is being made about the recent release Thirteen – saw it the other day and was not impressed. Histrionic, no one to like or even root for, and cliched. Typical distorted POV footage to suggest that the main character is high. Etc. etc.

Save your time, ignore the hype. I recommend one of my favorite movies, Whatever a much more subtle, gentle, thoughtful character study. It’s a coming-of-age film, not exactly affirming, but not nauseating or horrifying either (as Thirteen strives to be). The girl is a bit older, and the time period is the 80s. Great film.


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