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16 To Life (2010)





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Kate is a rural American teenager whose angst about sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays. 16 To Life, shot on location on the Mississippi River, boasts terrifically funny, heartfelt performances from newcomers Hallee Hirsh (KATE), Mandy Musgrave (DARBY), and soulful veteran seductress Theresa Russell (LOUISE). This first feature from Emmy-nominated writer/director Becky Smith (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) puts a wry, witty, and unpredictable ensemble cast in a small-town locale reminiscent of a Capra comedy. Kate's irreverent fantasies of sexual awakening and guilt, fueled by obsessive reading of books on bizarre subjects (currently the Chinese Cultural Revolution) drive this explosive day. Kate is turning 16 and has never been kissed! When best-friend Darby abruptly decides to lose her virginity this very day, mortified Kate pretends not to care by playing matchmaker for her other co-workers, Rene, the stoner cook (Shiloh Fernandez) and emotionally messy Louise (Theresa Russell), the stand owner. Kate pairs Louise with paraplegic customer and amateur Chinese historian, Ronald (Jaime Gomez), unaware of their tragic shared history. For Rene, Kate selects over-sexed Russian co-worker, Tatiana (Emily Foxler), to complicated and hilarious effect. Before the clock strikes midnight, Kate will learn more about love than most 16-year-olds could imagine. And Kate will discover what a 16-year-old American girl has in common with a 16-year-old Chinese girl half a world, and a cultural revolution, away. -- (C) Official Site
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Jaime Gómez
as Ronald
Emily Foxler
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Will Rothhaar
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Critic Reviews for 16 To Life

All Critics (3)

This low-key romantic comedy is a bit like a combination of Jane Austen's "Emma" and John Hughes' "16 Candles." It takes a while to get going, but eventually the quirky, likable characters do grow on you.

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Laramie Movie Scope

Iowa is the star of the clever, quirky "16 to Life."

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The performances are all fine, but the characters do very little, and what they do isn't engaging.

September 16, 2010
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for 16 To Life

Considering how the movie took place over a day, specifically the heroine, Kate's birthday, it was really entertaining. I didn't know what to expect, but I hadn't expected a sweet story about a girl dealing with her nonexistent lovelife, her friends, and her job.

Nisha Kumar
Nisha Kumar

If you like your coming-of-age tales in the vein of "Sixteen Candles" then Becky Smith's "16 to Life" is a film right up your well-worn alley.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Each character was well defined immediatly, and not just because of the name tags. The characters each had specific and individual independent personalities that were easy to relate to. There were some twists in the movie that were unexpected, and this gave "16 To Life" that highlighted adventure of a teenage viewpoint. The 'seasonings' within the movie left movie goers still thinking about the moive long after they had left the theatre. Hirsh's character was a strong willed teenager that parents would love to have as a daughter and average ego teens would want to have as a friend. Most people can only speculate what a teenager could or is thinking. I believe Becky Smith truly put herself into this movie, digging into the complicated minds of the Iowa teenager. The music was upbeat and fitting to each scene and mood of the movie. All meshed well together! Kudos to you Becky and to your cast.

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