Indie Gems: Dirty Girl

Good film. Horrible title.

The title of this film is so stupid it's almost off putting. It's a shame because it's so sweet and ridiculous at the same time.

When promiscuous Danielle (Juno Temple) inquires about the "pull out method" in class, she's banished to special ed until she can get her behaviors in check. Danielle doesn't have the ideal home life, her mom (Mila Jovovich) is about to marry a good hearted man (William H Macy) and wants Danielle to be a part of his family. She doesn't know her real father, and wants to drive to California to meet him. At first her friend Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) isn't thrilled with this plan. But the fact that his strict parents punish him for being homosexual, he flees to Danielle and off they go, learning lots of life lessons on the way.

I call this film ridiculous because the dialogue is completely over the top at times. The continuity is done on purpose, particularly with their "baby" bag of flour, Joan. For a film that starts out so harsh it had a beautifully sweet ending/wake up call for Danielle. I felt moved, which I wasn't expecting. I'm really a fan of Juno Temple. She subtly impressed me in her first films; Atonement and Notes on a Scandal, and I look forward to seeing her in other things.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You really have to be more careful with her." - Danielle (Juno Temple)


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing this one, I like Juno Temple so much she was fantastic in Atonement and Mr. Nobody.


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