Girls Town (1995)



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When one of their friends commits suicide, three young women learn to stand up for themselves and strike back against male-dominated society in this drama. Patti (Lili Taylor), Emma (Anna Grace), Angela (Bruklin Harris), and Nikki (Aunjanue Ellis) are four teenage girls who attend the same high school in inner-city New York. Patti is an unwed mother struggling to complete her education as she deals with her irresponsible boyfriend, while the other three are good students going on to college after completing their final year of high school. One day, seemingly without warning, Nikki kills herself. Struggling for clues to explain the tragedy, the other three girls discover her diary and learn that she had been raped while serving an internship at a magazine. As the girls compare notes, they realize that they've all been treated badly by men; Emma was also raped, and Patti sardonically says that if rape is having sex when you don't really want to, then she's been raped by practically every guy she's ever gone out with. Eventually, the three decide that it's time to stand up for themselves and retaliate against the men who have wronged them; they begin by vandalizing the car of Emma's attacker and then formulate a plan to punish the man who raped Nikki. Screenwriter Denise Casano and writer/director Jim McKay developed much of their screenplay through improvisations with the four leading actresses, giving the film's dialogue a natural rhythm and feel.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Hallmark Entertainment

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Lili Taylor
as Patti Lucci
Anna Grace
as Emma
Ramya Pratt
as Tomy Lucci
Ernestine Jackson
as Nikki's Mom
Stephanie Berry
as Angela's Mom
Asia Minor
as Marlys
Tom Gilroy
as Richard Helms
Mary Joy
as Cora
Tara Carnes
as Heather
as Benita
as Teacher
Andrew Vandusen
as Helms's Co-worker
Carl Kwaku Ford
as Jessie--Boom Box Guy
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Critic Reviews for Girls Town

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

As a male writer-director, McKay proves to be extremely sensitive to the feeling and words of working-class women (Lili Taylor among them), determined to establish their self-worth as well as to fight against the social ills of the oppressive system

Full Review… | August 9, 2006
Top Critic

Taylor, Harris and Grace come up with some watchable, genuine moments. But they're often too involved in themselves; the movie indulges them too much.

Full Review… | July 24, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Does an excellent job of uncovering the angst, pressure, and doubt associated with the late teenage years.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

I would like to see another movie in three or four years, about what has happened to these angry, gifted friends.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Constructed without a traditional denouement, Girls Town will nevertheless satisfy viewers who want something that feels more like life than like art.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The performances and the film's plausible handling of an unusual movie subject make Girls Town special.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Girls Town


An empowering feminist tale made authentic by the actresses participation in the scripting. Holds appeal, partly because it could so easily have been an uplifting message movie but it refuses to be so simplistic.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A very powerful movie!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Very inspiring movie about best friends who cope with another's suicide and fight back at those who oppress them. Brukin Harris is the jewel in this movie-Lili Taylor annoys me many times over in most of her films, but she was quite good here. The movie has a really good feels about it, and is highly reccommended here:up:

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