Girls Rock! (2007)
Critic Consensus: Girls Rock! is an inspiring and enjoyable documentary of girls' empowerment and self-discovery.
Via their documentary Girls Rock!, co-directors Arne Johnson and Shane King transport viewers to a most unusual summer destination: Rock 'n' Roll Camp, where young women from ages 8 to 18 each spend one week learning to choose a band, play a rock instrument, and write a song. The central lesson behind the week's activities involves a complete liberation from social conformity and from traditionally accepted behavioral rules and gender stereotyping. More significantly, such real-life rock legends as Sleater-Kinney and Carrie Brownstein participate in the camp, encouraging the young girls to fully accept their own individuality, eccentricities, and interpersonal differences, while they offer instruction on such areas as anger management and self-defense. The documentary -- like each week of the camp itself -- concludes with a massive rock concert, performed by the bands in front of over 700 people. … More
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Critic Reviews for Girls Rock!
How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.
There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs.
There's so much joy and coming-of-age angst turned into nuggets of gold that it seems uncharitable to ask, what might be missing (more onscreen appreciation for rock's goddesses and gods, perhaps.)
Young women find expression for more than their music in Girls Rock!, a jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand.
Audience Reviews for Girls Rock!
Girls go to rock camp, are subsequently empowered. It's about as adorable as you want it to be and not much else.
I have mixed feelings on this movie. Some momments are unwatchable because of tantrums, making noise or I guess girls acting their age. It is an overall positive message but I didn't get the sense that the camp really transformed any of the girls like they set out too. Palace, the young girl on the cover was really interesting. The film makers should have gone deeper into the backround of the girls.
IM IN THIS!!!!!!! IM THE GIRL WHO SING THE
"YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! OH YES AM! DON'T HAVE TO BE LIKE YOU! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! I DON'T NEED YOUR FILTHY RULES! IM ALREADY SUPERFLY!!!" SONG!!!!! YAY ME!!!
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