Thirteen (2003, USA/GBR) C-100m. *** D: Catherine Hardwicke. Starring Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger. Remarkably good teenage drama about thirteen-year-old Wood, who gets to know precocious, trailer-trash girl Reed and is introduced in the 'wanna-be-adult' world of her friends. Sex, drugs, shopping (and shoplifting) seem to be the only things that count. Wood's single mother Hunter, trying hard to cope with life herself, realizes the changes in her 'baby' too late. Amazingly real, well-acted portrait of a misled teenager, incredibly cowritten by costar Reed. Hardwicke's direction gives movie an authentic feel. Recommended.


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