Tart (2002)

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Cat Storm (Dominique Swain) is a bored high school girl in New York City who follows her petulant, rich friends from one coming-of-age adventure to another. They experiment with cruelty, rudeness, brazenness, and idiocy before moving onto sex and drugs. Cat's best friend, Delilah (Bijou Phillips), is kicked out of school for using cocaine (her father's), forcing Cat to become best friends with Grace (Mischa Barton), who guides her into the arms of William (Brad Renfro), the boy Cat's had a crush … More

Rating: R (drug Content and Language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Christina Wayne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2002
Runtime:
LionsGate Entertainment

Cast


as Cat Storm

as William Sellers

as Delilah Milford

as Grace Bailey

as Peter Storm

as Toby Ligan

as Mr. Storm

as Heather

as Eloise Logan

as Diane Milford

as Richard Logan

as Jane Logan

as Saleslady

as New Doorman

as Mr. Sellers

as Mrs. Sellers
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Critic Reviews for Tart

All Critics (5)

If it could make up it's mind what it wants to be, we might have a decent enough film here

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

A grating exercise... a director in love with her own material.

Full Review… | March 17, 2002
Filmcritic.com

April 6, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Tart

An Upper East Side high school girl falls in with the wrong crowd.
Tart is an uninspired mess. First, in terms of character construction, there is a lot of mention of these characters' age, but they act like grown-ups, complete with the suit jackets and sipping on whiskey -- they're not just grown-ups; they're cliched grown-ups. And are they rich? They act like it, mentioning their parents as magnates of big businesses, but Cat's argument about the money for the dance and their surroundings are decidedly lower class at times, a mixture that produces confusion, not complexity.
Second, the dialogue is stilted and delivered like amateur actors are auditioning for community theater.
Finally, the plot is thoroughly predictable until it turns into a Lifetime movie at the very end; the final resolution has almost nothing to do with the rest of the film's conflict.
Overall, this film is without a redeeming element; even Bijou Phillips's beauty can't serve as a refuge from the shit that surrounds her.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Talk about issues. I don't think my high school life was anything near that.

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

A very misleading title and cover art. This turned out to be about a young woman, Kat (Dominique Swain), trying to fit in at her exclusive private school in NYC. The crowd she runs with can be very fickle; the boys are out to get what they can and the girls are quite catty. Kat's best friend, Delilah (Bijou Phillips) is a real rebel and circumstances cause them to part ways at a critical juncture in both their lives. Kat looks for acceptance everywhere and thinks she finds it in the arms of a dangerous young man. Tragedy ensues and lives are forever changed and some are destroyed. This was well done with several fine performances. Kat's mother, played by Alberta Watson, was especially finely turned. The conflicts between a mother who wants what is best for her child and can't afford it and the young woman longing to find her place in an uncaring world was, for this viewer the glue that held this together. Look beyond the surface. What you find may be frightening, but ultimately will serve to assist in the eternal search for significance. Family is sometimes the only safe harbor. A surprising four stars.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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