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Jim McKay follows up on the critical success of his Girls Town 1996 with this sensitively-wrought, finely-etched character study of three teenaged girls living in the Crown Heights section of New York City. Though it is summer, the trio find themselves locked in a demanding rehearsal schedule for their prize-winning marching band. Yet this is one of a sundry responsibilities these girls must shoulder. With their parents over-worked, absent, or in jail, they must take care of all household chores and hold down ...
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Overview

Jim McKay follows up on the critical success of his Girls Town 1996 with this sensitively-wrought, finely-etched character study of three teenaged girls living in the Crown Heights section of New York City. Though it is summer, the trio find themselves locked in a demanding rehearsal schedule for their prize-winning marching band. Yet this is one of a sundry responsibilities these girls must shoulder. With their parents over-worked, absent, or in jail, they must take care of all household chores and hold down dreary soul-deadening jobs. To make matters worse, their school is closing down for asbestos removal. Yet the most pressing concern for Maria Melissa Martinez is her discovery that she is pregnant, for a second time, after a latex-free tryst with a classmate. She is reluctant to consider an abortion, though the prospect of telling her harried mother seems no less daunting. Her best friend Lanisha Kerry Washington is supportive, but Joy Anna Simpson, the third in the trio, cools to Maria, preferring to retreat into a world of fantasy. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Jim McKay's second feature highlighting the travails of young women is much like his first film, the low-key New Jersey drama Girls Town, only this effort is more focused, if less subtle. A mostly empathetic look at a trio of young female teenagers growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the film lays on its intentions a little too thickly, making it nearly impossible not to be somewhat judgmental toward McKay's representation. But for all the film's flaws, it has a handful of expertly realized scenes of domesticity and a trio of solid performances, especially the marvelously expressive Kerry Washington, whose portrayal is unflinchingly unforced and honest. Additionally, the picture is superbly shot by Jim Denault, whose unerring eye for visual detail is just as accomplished as his admittedly flashier work in films like Nadja and Boys Don't Cry. This film premiered in competition at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival to positive notices, but took over a year to find distribution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • UPC: 027616882295
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Washington Lanisha Brown
Marlene Forte Pilar Brown
Rosalyn Coleman
Carmen Lopez
Tyrone Brown
Technical Credits
Jim McKay Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tyrone Brown Associate Producer
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Alexa L. Fogel Casting, Co-producer
Alex Hall Editor
Joseph Infantolino Co-producer
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Jan Mclaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Paul S. Mezey Producer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Michael Stipe Executive Producer
Diana E. Williams Producer
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