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Plot: 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.
Runtime: 88 mins Release Date: 01 Dec 2016
Wow. Saw this on Netflix the other day and it blew my mind, purely because it paints a vividly real portrait of white privilege, U.S. racial stereotypes and adolescent recklessness/naivety. I'd best describe White Girl as Thirteen meets Kids meets Crazy/Beautiful. It's gritty, confronting and never shies away from giving the viewer a realistic portrayal of how the actions of a careless white girl can cause collateral damage to a community, all the while riding the wave of privilege. This is Elizabeth Wood's first feature film, which is made even more impressive when I learned <more>
it's semi-autobiographical. She doesn't shy away from projecting Leah in a negative light and her character is far from admirable, highlighting Elizabeth's dedication to her craft above all else. Btw, this is coming from a feminist's perspective – I'm mentioning this because I've seen White Girl labeled as misogynistic, which I don't think is the case at all. Leah is intentionally flawed and difficult to read. For the bulk of the film she's thinking about her own self interests first and foremost, whether it's getting her next hit, fetishizing her hot drug dealer neighbor Blue, recklessly losing $24k in drug money or blurring the lines with her boss at a magazine internship. That being said, Leah's not completely soulless and does make attempts to redeem herself by helping to get Blue out of jail and on one occasion makes a fleeting attempt to return drugs to Blue's supplier. It's just not enough for you to sympathize for her character. Saylor's portrayal of Leah wasn't anything ground breaking, but at the same time I don't think it needed to be. All she had to highlight was that doll faced white girls can be dangerous too, and she does that effectively. Brian Marc on the other hand blew me away! Like Wood, he has relatively few film projects under his belt but his performance in White Girl is well up there with the seasoned elite. The stare he gives in his final scene is everything. Brian's performance helps viewers realize he's not playing some wannabe G fu**boy drug dealer, he's playing someone far more vulnerable than that.What Leah sees as meaningless fun, Blue sees as a form of stability and something serious. Leah has zero responsibilities whereas Blue deals as a means to support his family and to escape his circumstance. She sees sex, while he sees a future. Leah encourages him to be as wild and reckless as she is but fails to foresee how her preferential treatment in the justice system means she comes out unscathed while Blue winds up in jail. The last five minutes really encapsulate this. Leah might be forever traumatized by the events that took place that summer but she gets to continue on with her life like nothing happened. Meanwhile, Blue will no doubt be reminded every living day as he likely serves out a murder sentence that didn't need to happen, had it not been for Leah's careless, selfish actions.The scariest thing about this movie is its realness.
One big Oh my god I can't believe you've done that. (by ellen-spencer96)
The entire time I was glued to this film, its pure drama. I cannot recommend this movie enough to my friends. Its a wild adventure of a girl on an extreme summer break, and it all feels too real. I hated this film in the best way because it made me feel something, every dimly lit second of it. Any white girl, aged 16-30 will probably love this film, even if the whole time you're screaming 'OH MY GOD why did she do that' This is a story of a girl who spends a summer thinking with her short term gains in mind, its all fun and games until it hits close to home. God damn I don't <more>
wanna give away too much into the story because its so good, but trigger warning, there is rape culture that comes with most dramas about sex and teenage girls with drugs and dealers.
If you love real acting and a great story, watch this. (by Boristhemoggy)
Firstly, I love this movie and I laughed at another review where someone said the characters were awful and he hated them so he voted it a 1 star. My take is that the lead character was awful, and stupid, and foolhardy, and not a little seedy. But that's because Morgan Saylor worked so very hard to bring that character to life. She reminded me of a young Michelle Williams: totally lacking self- consciousness and totally absorbed into the role. The story of course is sleazy and sordid, and the characters are all making poor decisions and have values that don't match wider <more>
society's. But that's the whole point, it's telling again the story of young teens growing up in this drug ridden world and how easy it is to sink lower and lower into depravity in your quest for the next high. There is of course racial undertones right through the movie and the end point is massively telling. America will probably never be rid of racism and probably never rid of drugs either...the world never changes. Brilliant watch, great story, fantastic directing and beautiful acting. I loved this film.
A train wreck from start to finish. More than gritty and raw; horrifying and jaw dropping is more like it. This movie started off going 120 mph and kept going 120 mph until the very end, which, by the way, I didn't see coming! I didn't see it coming, because it was a wreck in a good way as far as creative writing and flow from the beginning.********SPOILER ALERT***********I was waiting for this girl to be and that was just horrible. The way it was filmed was respectful, because it couldn't been worse and I wouldn't have to turn the television off, seriously. You gotta detach <more>
from that stuff, especially being a woman I don't even understand how our boy from Sex in the City did that scene, but that's acting, gotta make some dough I suppose , BUT the angle of the camera and how it showed the reflection of it happening at first she seemed alone on the sofa, which is really what this girl was throughout the movie .alone, lacking common sense, no direction .just LOST.Every single person in this movie was stupid, a victim or a predator. This movie showed how drugs and alcohol, as anyone with common sense knows, brings out the worst in people, including perversions and darkness. I had forgotten about the title until the very end when it hit me. Here is this white girl, yes with a bit of white privilege simply because of the color of her skin, not necessarily financially privileged .but more of a white bred world of ignorance to how things work in the streets and outside of her own periphery so here is this white girl at the end, sitting in her class after putting her own self through the ringer, she's the only one that escaped unscathed ..but in actuality, she got the worst of it all, because in no way at all has she" dealt with her feelings, been honest with herself about being an addict, a liar, wasteful, etc, so she can't even believe she even made it to school and here she sits with all of this crap she hasn't dealt with while her classmates talk about their oh so boring and "normal" summer laughing . That scene was epic.At first I thought they should've cast a more classically attractive lead, but this movie works much better with the lead they picked, because it's a reflection of this girl in every way sometimes she's pretty, sometimes she's beautiful, sometimes she's mediocre, sometimes she's ugly, a lot of the time she's stupid, and sometimes she smiles that innocent smile that shows how sweet she is on the inside. A beautiful girl wouldn't have been able to pull it off. I also liked how they kept her family separate and in no way was it shown to the viewer that this girl had a messed up childhood, so to me as the viewer, she was just a young dumb, irresponsible girl experiencing life but in no way learning any type of lessons .that we know of, because the ending left it up in the air.Anyway, fine acting by everybody, including the lead. And to think, I only came across this movie on Netflix and watched it on a whim!
This movie may not win awards or having the sizzle of high budget thrillers, but it will bring nostalgia to all of the college alumni about how realistic and truthful this movie is. This movie is not perfect and may push a little too far, but anyone who has been through a trip like this will thoroughly enjoy this movie. :
A hard hitting film about drugs with a relationship of different cultures mixed in (by Steve131)
I enjoyed this film very much. especially the character OF Blue, played by Brian Marc. However I got a very different take on this film than most of the reviewers. Most seem to think a lot of it has to do with white privilege. I disagree. While it's true that Chris Noth, as the lawyer does bring this up, I really see very little of it in real evidence in the film itself. I see the film more as a crime drama about drugs, with a bit of a Westside Story/Romeo and Juliet love story thrown in. At the beginning Leah and her girlfriend Katie share an apartment and are only interested in scoring <more>
some drugs to remain high. But a chance meeting with Blue trying to buy drugs from him and his friends changes things. There is an instant attraction of Leah to the handsome Blue. The attraction is mutual, and the pair begin a sexual relationship, that build into a true friendship. This to the chagrin and dismay of both Katie and Blue's friends. Leah may have been self centered and just out for a good time at first, but she risked her own life to save Blue many times in this film. She could have easily walked away when he was arrested, but instead visited him often in prison, tried to appease his drug dealer, and got him a lawyer. She loved him! Those that claim she was privileged need to look at this only from what is shown in the film, not what we see in real life. At the beginning of the Film we find out that Blue's nickname is "Sad" He tells Leah it's because he is sad all the time . He says until he met her. She tells him she left home and came to New York in search of something different. She was not from a wealthy family either. Her life was also sad. Her lack of being arrested had more to do with luck than white privilege. Blue by his own admission was in prison for his third arrest. Leah on the other hand was never caught. When he was arrested at the drug dealer's they were not standing together, she was in the cab. When he was arrested, at the diner she was inside eating, he was outside. For her she was not in the wrong place at the wrong time like Blue was. She stuck by Blue at every juncture, and even convinced his friends to do the same. She was surprised at the end by the marriage proposal, but realized she loved him and would have gone through with it. The only thing tat stopped it was Blue killing the drug dealer. We never see what happens to him after that, but it was clearly self defense. The dealer attacked them first and would have killed both of them. The last scene of the film is why I couldn't give it 10 stars. I found it confusing, and left too many loose ends. We don't see Blue, but Leah is clearly in a classroom. But why, and where? At the beginning of the movie, she was not in school, she was working at a media company, and screwing around with her boss. Is she a high school dropout who went back to school? Or is it a College classroom? Maybe she is taking pre-law and trying to get Blue out? In either case Blue was always trying to get her clean and off drugs. He told her from the start he doesn't do girls that do drugs. I say that seen shows at the least, that she got clean for him, and probably is still with him, fighting for his freedom.
One of the most horrifying movies I have seen all year (by manuelasaez)
I have lived around these types of people all of my life. Living in an Urban environment, you run across, encounter, and and deal with almost every single personality presented in this film.1. The ditzy, naive, and easy influenced white girl.2. The wannabe gansta, wannabe pretty-boy Latin drug dealer, 3. The plain, mousy best friend who has no opinions of her own, 4. The annoying, ghetto lackeys that can't think for themselves and are only meant to follow someone around like rabbid pit-bulls, 5. The drug addicted, conniving magazine Editor 6. The opportunistic, sleazy Lawyer Every single <more>
one of these individuals was presented with such stunning clarity, that I wondered if the actors were just playing an on-screen version of themselves.The movie started simple enough, and as it spiraled further down the rabbit hole, I found myself horrified, disgusted, incredulous, and just awe-struck at how one person could make such stunningly bad decisions in her life. Some people are not meant to live in NYC, as these people are simple-minded, easily controlled, and have no opinions of their own to help them understand life in a big city, least of all life in the ghetto. But this film, this horrifying film, works in so many ways as to appear like a documentary on why you should NEVER DO DRUGS. Don't even think about it. Cigarettes, alcohol, weed, "Yeyo", etc. are all indicative of a depraved and diseased society, as evidenced by the events that transpired in this movie. I have never had the desire to do drugs or drink alcohol. I have never thought of smoking a cigarette or even getting drunk to the point of blacking out. It is useless to me. After watching this movie, I am glad I made the right choices in life.The acting and directorial style are so nuanced, that it was literally like watching the life story of a stupid, stupid girl who happens to be white spiral out of control. And it was all due to the influence of the Ghetto. It will chew you up and spit you out, and not think twice about you. The moral of the story for anyone watching this film; you are meant to move as far away from the ghetto as possible, NOT to it. It is a cautionary tale about naiveté, drugs, falling for the wrong guy, and thinking that your diseased Liberal ideals are enough to help you survive in a literal war zone. I thought I had seen some pretty horrifying films this year, but this film made me nauseous, made me laugh in incredulity, and made me happy that I have never allowed the ghetto to influence me in any way. It is a warning, plain and simple, and it was executed almost flawlessly.
Pass her on over here, mah dude. (by tyleramato-28680)
First time writer-director Elizabeth Woods delivers a raw, energetic, and downright uncomfortable tale about a young college student named Leah, who moves to the big apple and finds love in one of the local drug dealers named Blue, one night of partying later finds the two separated as he's arrested on possession of narcotics, and that's 3 strikes for him, and Leah must do whatever she can to be reunited with him. It's an ugly and uneasy look at white privilege, and the self destruction of such a young, promising girl who just can't seem to stay away from taking the trip down <more>
the white brick road. This is a roaring directorial debut from Elizabeth Woods, and quite the controversial, personal one at that.
It's hard to sit through, but it's definitely worth the watch. (by Hellmant)
'WHITE GIRL': Four Stars Out of Five An indie drama, written and directed by first time feature filmmaker Elizabeth Wood. It tells the story of a hard partying college student, in Queens, that falls for a local drug dealer. She then becomes obsessed with getting him out of prison, when he's busted for dealing drugs. The film stars Morgan Saylor, Brian 'Sene' Marc, Justin Bartha, India Menuez, Adrian Martinez and Chris Noth. It's received mostly positive reviews form critics, and I enjoyed it as well.Leah Saylor and Katie Menuez are two college students that move <more>
into an apartment building in Ridgewood, Queens together. Leah makes friends with the local drug dealers, and becomes especially attracted to a guy named Blue Marc . She does a lot of partying with him, including excessive drug and alcohol use, and the two fall for each other hard. So when Blue is arrested, for dealing drugs, Leah decides she'll do almost anything to get him back but she still can't stop partying .The film is full of explicit sex scenes, nudity and hard drug use. I found it to be pretty disturbing, especially the climax, but it's also a bizarrely fascinating movie. The two lead characters are both likable, and the actors playing them both do a really good job, but it's extremely depressing watching the two of them both continue to make foolish mistakes I like to drink, but Leah is out of control in this film . It's hard to sit through, but it's definitely worth the watch.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://youtu.be/_SLO5GYrmps