The title of my review comes from my favorite line in "Girl", and it is well-delivered by the bartender, with just the right amount of gravitas. The title algorithm for reviews doesn't allow for the full line so I will write it here in full: "You're the nicest person that has ever come through here, and you're waving a hatchet around wanting to kill people".
So, that line really encapsulates the kind of the place Bella Thorne's character, the "Girl", winds up in. I don't even remember her name being told to us the entire movie, but that's ok, because I think she is supposed to represent any girl who still possesses some raw, righteous, passionate anger after being "fed lies" (as she says) her entire existence by her mother.
It's well-played by Bella Thorne. I also especially liked the scene (spoiler alert...) where her unknown to her uncle hits on her, in the laundromat of all places! I usually don't like female VS male fight scenes, which is what this evolves into, because I feel that they overstate most females' fighting prowess, but this scene had its comical moments, and Bella may be quicker than most females in these kinds of situations. She also uses her environment, hitting him with some laundry detergent at some point, but the best part is when she is able to sort of stun him into submission while hovering over him with her trusty hatchet in her hand and says: "You still want to [expletive for sex] me?" To which he replies EVEN MORE. Aha.
This movie also shows how annoying so much lascivious sexual attention can be from the beginning, when Mickey Rourke (another of her unknown-to-her UNCLES) follows her in his truck like a pervert. And he also happens to be this messed up town's SHERIFF and is well aware that he is her uncle. The viewers are given glimpses as to Girl's past when she talks about her mother's "boyfriends" and insinuates that they also turned a lecherous eye onto her. So, this behavior isn't new to Girl, which is why she almost seems to find it familiarly annoying.
Bella plays this with hints of vulnerability that seem almost too real at periods, which makes me think she may be method acting, drawing upon some similar life experiences. Made me worry about Bella a little. At least this is an indie movie, but fame and Hollywood are no places for real vulnerability. Watch out, girl...