All Over Me (1997)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 4,597
A teenage lesbian comes-of-age in this drama. Claude (Alison Folland) is a raw-boned girl graduating from high school. She spends all the time she can with her beautiful friend Ellen (Tara Subkoff). Ellen has lately gotten a new boyfriend, and has less time for their previous intimacy. Claude has a part-time job at a pizza joint in her multiracial neighborhood in New York City, and makes friends there, and in her neighborhood. Gay newcomer Luke, with whom she shares her dream of becoming a rock
Apr 25, 1997 Wide
Jun 14, 2005
New Line Home Entertainment
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Though the main charcater is lesbian, Sichel's gritty youth melodrama is so rich in ideas amd so roght in its texture that it goes beyond a coming-out ot even a lesbian-themed story.
Given great lyrical force by Folland, it comes closer to unlocking the secret lives of girls than any other recent American movie.
Less successful at portraying indecision than it is at inducing boredom.
Its blunt reprocessing of contemporary sacred cows in film realism ... rings false, the work of a user opting out of the imagination business.
transcends its occasional operatic moments by providing plenty of soft-spoken reality
Foland ... gives a marvelously expressive, poignant performance as Claude.
I do think the Sichels got right much of the awkwardness of teenage transitions into adulthood and of the comfort girls find in the company of other equally confused and hormonally distressed girls.
Alex and Sylvia Sichel have taken a familiar coming-of-age story, something that might work as an Afterschool Special, and given it the contour, grit and white-hot energy of something much more.
This is not new territory, but it is a completely new exploration of it.
Reveals the adolescence most everyone went through (or witnessed) but no one talks about.
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