“Would you like me to model my new thong? Great for pooping on the go!”
Before I get started, I have to let you know that this genre will disturb you a la Kids, Requeim for a Dream, or American Beauty (in a way). Written by a then 13-year old Nikki Reed who also co-stars as Evie, Thirteen is based on the events of her own life around that age. At the beginning of the movie, Tracy (played brilliantly by Evan Rachel Wood) is your average innocent 7th grader. More concerned with her grades and avoiding akward situations if possible, Tracy begins to transform into a totally different person the day she starts hanging out with one of the most popular girls in school, Evie. While her mischievous behavior starts out rather small with shoplifting underwear and cosmetics from a store. While I can honestly say I’ve never shoplifted, i’ve been told it’s pretty normal for teenage girls to dabble in that. Within a short period of time, Tracy is “dabbling” in alcohol, drugs, sex, and everything in between. Eventually, her whole world just seems to fall apart and she reaches the breaking point you hear about when thinking of celebrities and/or rock stars… the only real difference being she’s still two years away from being able to drive with a parent in the car!
Lost in my review thus far is Holly Hunter who plays Tracy’s mother, Mel. Since she’s nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar, I don’t need to tell you that she does an excellent job in this flick. She plays the “want to be my daughter’s best friend” kinda mother that just doesn’t fly. She takes a lot of risks taking a role like this as an actress and I think the end result is absolutely phenomenal. I won’t give away the ending, but I will tell you that this is a movie that will make you think and make you questions the decisions of almost every character.
Video & Sound
The video quality is more than adequate for a low budget film. Stylistically, this film is very well made. You can tell the filmmaker’s just didn’t slap this together. Some people say this film is too grainy, but I think it goes along very well with the overall feel of the movie.
While there aren’t very many features, the few that are there are very well done. The commentary, which features Nikki Reed, Evan Rachel Wood, Brady Corbet (who plays Tracy’s brother) and director Catherine Hardwicke, is a very interesting listen. Since this is a bit of a biographical movie, Reed tends to have a little more interesting information to say than the other three, but they are by no means boring. Definitely if you are a fan of the movie, you would probably enjoy this. There are also 10 deleted scenes that were mostly deleted from the beginning from the movie – nothing overly impressive. There also is a six-minute featurette which is mostly a fluff piece.
I have to update my top 10 movies of 2003 because of this movie… that’s honestly about the only bad thing I can say about it. Go rent or buy this now!
Movie – 9
Video & Sound – 6
Extras – 7
Overall – 8