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White Girl (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 December 2016 (USA)
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Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

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Elizabeth Wood

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Elizabeth Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Saylor ... Leah
Brian Marc ... Blue
Justin Bartha ... Kelly
Chris Noth ... George
Adrian Martinez ... Lloyd
Bobbi Salvör Menuez ... Katie (as India Menuez)
Anthony Ramos ... Kilo
Ralph Rodriguez ... Nene
Annabelle Dexter-Jones ... Alexa
Eden Marryshow ... Undercover Cop
Charles Barboza Charles Barboza ... Carlos (as Charles Baboza)
Graig Guggenheim Graig Guggenheim ... Limo Driver
Brendan Burke Brendan Burke ... Correction's Officer (as Brendan Burke)
Jermel Howard ... Darnell on Train
Grim Reaper Q. Grim Reaper Q. ... Le Baron Bouncer (as Anthony Quarles)
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Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biala dziewczyna See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,058, 4 September 2016

Gross USA:

$200,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,242
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2.35 : 1
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Elizabeth Wood based this film on journal entries about her own life experiences during her adolescence. See more »

Goofs

Leah puts a cigarette in her mouth, tobacco end first, then tamps the same end down in a small pile of cocaine (to get some in the cigarette?) then puts it back into her mouth, again tobacco end first. When she removes her hand, the cigarette has reversed so that the filter end is now magically in her mouth.

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[Last Lines]
Blue: So... you gave it back?
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CRISTO REDENTOR
Performed by Harvey Mandel
Written by Duke Pearson
Published by Gailantcy Music
Courtesy of The Estate of Duke Pearson
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. under license from
Universal Music Enterprises
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Who knew sex and drugs could be this boring
5 February 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

During the publicity blitz for this movie director and writer Elizabeth Wood made a big deal about how this was based on her real life experiences, how unshocking it was (while simultaneously playing up that their were tons of sex scenes and nudity to play up the shock factor) and how unfair it was that white women like herself were able to dabble in drugs for fun in college, while their Latino and black peers were treated like criminals for far lesser offences. Now all these things led me to expect a much different movie, but watching White Girl I was almost bored by how tame and basic it was and how little it had to say beyond that one message.

Morgan Saylor plays Wood's alter ego Leah. Moving into a cheap apartment in a bad (i.e. predominately Latino) neighbourhood with her friend Katie, Leah is immediately attracted to some young Latino men she sees hanging around her street corner. One night, bored and out of weed she introduces herself to them. When they refuse to sell to her she later meets one of them, named Blue, and invites him up to her apartment. They quickly fall in love and Leah helps him upsell his cocaine at exorbitant prices to her wealthy white friends. Of course this all predictably goes bad and Leah lands in a dangerous situation where she feels compelled to save Blue, who has landed in prison.

The strange thing is how boring and formulaic this all feels. I watched a scene with Morgan Saylor bouncing around in a rave with her top off and all I wondered was when the movie would be over. We watch Leah make manic decision after ridiculous decision always protected by the fact that she is young, middle class and white. But it's hard to feel for a character when she's her own worst enemy and you can see her mistakes coming a million miles away. Another thing is, if Wood was so hell bent on showing how white people have the privilege of getting away with things that their black and brown peers can't telling the story from the perspective of the white girlfriend was a huge mistake.

It's too bad, I really had high hopes for this, but it fell short. A more interesting take on millennial hedonism and race and class in America is Spring Breakers which is over the top and ridiculous in a way that packs more punch than White Girl.


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