Dirty Girl

6.41 h 29 min2011R
Rebellious 80s high school student Danielle (Juno Temple) runs away to find her birth father. Along for the funny, heartfelt journey are her gay friend Clarke and a bag of flour named Joan.
Abe Sylvia
Juno TempleMilla JovovichWilliam H. Macy
English [CC]
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Dwight YoakamJeremy Dozier
Jana EdelbaumRachel CohenRob ParisCharles Pugliese
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4.6 out of 5 stars

409 global ratings

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sefriendlyguyReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
in the end!
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i was so glad to be able to see this movie,
we all have been kids at one time, so we can relate to a lot that goes on
in this movie, was it right? or wrong?
you have a self serving young lady thats going to do as she please and a gay guy that feels he don't fit in
and neither set of parents really cares,
but what happens in this story will make you think twice about your feelings on kids in general and
see what its like being a parent rebellious kids, but it will work out eventually, right???
4 people found this helpful
Double HappinessReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't let the title fool you, this is a touching and funny movie.
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I loved everything about this movie. It was very funny, I laughed out loud (which I rarely do watching a movie). It had a deep and touching story and I really cared about the characters (which I always hope for in a movie, but rarely get). There was a lot of character development because the characters grew and changed (for the better).

I loved the gay character of Clarke, he was sweet and deep and touching and adorable and I really felt for him (and the actor who played him did an amazing job, I do not think that anyone could have done better).

I also loved the character of Danielle, she starts out as a "dirty girl," but as the movie progresses, I understood why she was that way (she desperately wanted love and attention which she was not getting anywhere and so she was acting out) and it was wonderful to see her change through her friendship with Clarke (which was what she really needed, just someone to feel close to without sex), and after she was so hurt (by realizing that her dream father was not reality) she let her real self come through.

This movie made me smile, laugh, cry, it kept moving and held my attention, and the ending was so sweet and amazing, so this movie had everything that I love in a movie, and I actually cannot even think of anything negative to say about it. I also loved that this movie was set in the 80s, which is my favorite decade, I loved all of the 80s references, especially the music, which made me love this movie even more.

I totally recommend this movie.
It should have a different title, because the title is very misleading, and I almost didn't watch the movie just because the title threw me off.
I would have named it, "Misunderstood Danielle."
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PR GUYReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not What I Expected! It Was BETTER!
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This was definitely not what I expected. It was much better. Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, and Mary Steenburgen were fabulous in this eye-opening candid look at dysfunctional families and the destructive behavior it creates in the lives of the youngsters. I was expecting a tongue-in-cheek comedy about the aches and pains of growing up...a genre I thoroughly enjoy a laugh from. The film is highlighted by spectacular acting. Juno is a diamond in the rough. What a talent. And her gay school buddy Jeremy Dozier is equally as effective. I don't give away plots. I just hand out kudos when deserved. Yes, you'll laugh at the comedy. Yes, you'll cringe at their behavior from time to time. And yes, you'll shed a few tears as this unfolds into a LOUD statement of life in broken households. I was laughing at myself for crying. Does that make sense? Then rent or get a copy of this fiick. It needs to be seen by the young and the old. And don't let the DVD box fool you. It says in the rating box that there is graphic nudity. There is not one single nude scene. It is not needed and it would have taken away from development of characters. I gave it a solid 10. Juno Temple will someday be on the big stage as an Oscar nominee. Once I saw this film, I ordered three more of hers in a starring role. I can't wait to watch them. What drew me to this film was Mary Steenburgen. I saw "Last Vegas' two week's ago and I was thoroughly impressed so I looked her up on the IMDB and started perusing her filmography. This one struck a chord. I made a good choice. But I CAUTION you. It does contain profanity and some sick dialogue at the beginning. But it fits the role(s) of the cast. This is not a film for people who look down upon same-sex relationships. However, I'd recommend it to those who don't understand L-O-V-E. As long as it's healthy and meaningful (not hurtful), who are we to judge?
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Only-A-ChildReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Juno Breaks Out
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Imagine if Alison Lohman had played the Dede Truitt part in "The Opposite of Sex" (1998) and subtly inserted a bit of Luna Lovegood into the character, and you will have a pretty good idea of the look and feel of "Dirty Girl" (2010). Full of wisdom disguised as black comedy.

The dialogue is not on quite the level of "The Opposite of Sex", especially the voiceover narration; but what is? Christina Ricci had so much to work with in that film that Roger Ebert commented specifically about the narration provided by her character: "I hate people who talk during movies, but if she were sitting behind me in the theater, saying all of this stuff, I'd want her to keep right on talking".

Juno Temple (playing "Dirty Girl's" title character Danielle Edmondston) does not have as much to work with and her narration is much more conventional. And since her narration does not contradict the events taking place on the screen, any depth brought to her character must come from Temple's and Writer/Director Abe Sylvia's acting for the camera abilities. They are up to the task and Temple non-verbally sells viewers a character who is a lot more that she first appears to be. Sylvia's storytelling style juxtapositions crude and cute, which dooms the film commercially as there is a limited audience for a film structured around such contrasting elements.

The main suspension of disbelief element is Danielle having a classic Mustang convertible at her personal disposal. This was a moronic choice by Sylvia as there is not time to insert a credible explanation; the car is not just a needless distraction but is also a poor fit for the character whose development would have been better served by something funky like a beat up Volkswagen.

Bottom line this is Temple's movie, although she is ably assisted by Jeremy Dozier and Mary Steenburgen (as Danielle's buddy Clarke and his mother). The other characters are the deliberate stereotypes necessary for economically keeping the focus on Clarke and Danielle.

Temple is really starting to take off, she is getting a lot of work and is stepping into the roles that Lohman would be doing if she were ten years younger. And Temple should have additional opportunities as she has more range than Lohman; with a nice off-kilter airhead quality when required. You could see that she was something special back in 2008 when her supporting role in "Wild Child" literally stole the movie. And she has finally overcome the first name confusion with a certain Ellen Page character.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
Richard Bellush, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Amusing and Heartfelt
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This film barely flickered across big screens, but critics noticed it anyway, and with good reason. Dirty Girl at first blush appears to be yet another lowbrow high school comedy, but it quickly morphs into a very different animal. In 1987 Oklahoma, Danielle (Juno Temple), lives with her financially struggling single mom (Milla Jovavich in an atypical role). Danielle thinks the father she never met might save her from her unhappy life. She studiously avoids asking herself why he is absent now. Her gay friend Clarke meanwhile needs to escape from his homophobic dad and his insufficiently assertive mother. A road trip and a very 80s sound track ensue. Offbeat humor mixes with high sentiment along the way. Sentiment in teen movies doesn't always work well, but this time it does almost perfectly.
4 people found this helpful
MeganReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone loves a dirty girl
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When I first sat down to watch Dirty Girl, I was expecting comedy. I had been told that it was a comedy. And, it is, in a way. It's very funny. Its laughs mostly stem from the easy banter from the film's two leads. But Dirty Girl has so much more going for it than laughs. It's a touching look at family and love, and what it takes to be a good mother, or friend, or partner. It's expertly acted by its entire cast, from the bold performances of its young leads, to the quiet and graceful performances of their deeply good but deeply flawed mothers.

It's been a long time since I have seen a movie as positive, honest, and human as Dirty Girl.
8 people found this helpful
Yonkie02Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heartbreaking Slice of Life from the Flyover States
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Anyone who has spent a significant time in the south/mid west knows that judgement knows no bounds and ostracism is a regional pass time. Two misfits, the teen harlot and her not so subtly closeted co-adventurer take off on an unexpected journey west. Shunned for their respective "eccentricities" they team up to seek out the girl's father. Like many movies of this ilk, growth and development abound for the two as they travel.

This unique slice of life tale has equal parts humor and heartbreak. It was a surprisingly warm and rending in parts.

Highly recommended.
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Brian L. BonicampReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't let the title turn you off.
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This is a little gem of a dvd. A very well done indie movie with all star cast. Racy, a little. Funny? very much so. This story goes all over the place, lands on its feet in the end with crazy and tender moves.
Really a Girl Flick, but ok for guys to watch too.
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