Although it took the film a good two months to come here, the
hit indie drama, “Thirteen,” finally opened in Fort Collins over
The film stars Evan Rachel Wood as thirteen-year-old Tracy,
whose life and wellbeing enter a downward spiral after she becomes
friends with popular “bad girl,” Evie (played by Niki Reed who also
co-wrote the film). Evie exposes Tracy to the wiles of drugs,
alcohol, sex and crime until Tracy’s lifestyle accumulates into a
dangerous ball of destructive behavior.
The always-great Holly Hunter stars as Tracy’s mom, Mel, who is
fun-loving in her own right, though in a more controlled and
healthy way than her daughter. Mel’s kindness and generosity cause
her to consistently be taken advantage of by her friends and
family, which allows for the manipulative Evie to quickly worm her
way into Mel’s home and family.
“Thirteen” is an extremely honest portrayal of teen-age America.
It is a film every parent needs to see and most kids probably won’t
want their parents to see. I was reminded of “Kids” when watching
this film, but I think “Thirteen” is a much more realistic and
communicative portrait of today’s youth.
The movie is not a collective representation of every young
person in America, but I did recognize the types of destructive
behavior exuded by several people I knew growing up or who are in
my life today. The film focuses primarily on teen-age girls, but
the messages contained transcend to both sexes. “Thirteen” is not
one of those feel-good teen films like “She’s All That” or “10
Things I Hate About You,” but an eye-opening film about the other,
less positive and cheerful side of teen-age life.
3.5 out of 4
Movies in Brief
“In the Cut”
Hollywood sweetheart Meg Ryan sheds her “good girl” image, along
with her clothes, in the stylish new thriller, “In the Cut,” which
takes a dark and uncompromising look at sex, relationships, murder
Fans of Meg Ryan from her previous, more wholesome roles will
potentially be very turned off, however, despite a somewhat slow
pace, I applaud “In the Cut” for its daringness and far from
“Cut’s” top notch performances are enhanced by the film’s moody,
stylish camerawork and lyrical nature.
3 out of 4
Despite a self-assured formula and a few quality moments
scattered here and there, “Brother Bear” is missing that special
something that makes so many other Disney films such great
Young kids will undoubtedly find a lot to like in “Brother
Bear,” but there is not much within the film to impress those of us
over the age of eight. “Brother Bear” feels like Saturday morning
cartoon fare compared to past Disney masterpieces.
2.5 out of 4