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Seems less and less convincing the more blatantly it strives for authenticity.
A Girl Like Her unfolds with a clear-eyed approach to the subject - a drama that fleshes out the principals and shows, without excusing the bully, that pain is not the exclusive domain of the victim.
Hunter King is believably despicable as the prototypical Mean Girl, but we DO feel empathy for Avery as she begins to realize the depths of the destruction she caused.
Performed with unflinching honesty, it's a story that'll be familiar to countless teens, and the film could well have a long life as required, vivid viewing for high-schoolers, who'll have plenty to discuss after its poignant ending.
The narrative momentum quickly stalls out, as the story adds little to dynamics of high school bullying. The characters are two-dimensional at best, with dubious and paper-thin motivations.
The two young female leads, exceptionally well cast, deliver strong performances, and the drama benefits from Weber's interest in understanding rather than demonizing the bully.
Well-intentioned but belabored, Weber's documentary conceit ultimately saps the story of its truthfulness and is therefore self-defeating.
A Girl Like Her goes for an ill-conceived blend of found footage and faux documentary that never works, while the script is rarely subtle and often shameless.
Sometimes the heartfelt power of the message can help to compensate for some narrative rough patches. Such is the case with this drama that tries to put a fresh spin on the topic of teenage bullying.
Right off the bat you should know that A Girl Like Her is essentially an anti-bullying Public Service Announcement. If you go into the film knowing this, then it's easier to appreciate the good things that the movie has going for it.
Should be required viewing in high schools around the nation to address this issue. (Full Content Review -- Sex, Profanity, Violence, etc. -- for Parents also available)
No doubt to be compared to movies like director Marisa Silver's 1988 film Permanent Record, A Girl Like Her is a fitting cautionary tale.
Propaganda, even propaganda for a cause I can get behind, is not something I typically gravitate towards. A Girl Like Her is absolutely not a bad film (although it is (only at times) badly acted. It has multiple touching moments (which I respect) and is about an important topic (which is close to home), but in terms of an overall movie in and of itself, it's not that great either.
I also have difficulty accepting the film's final resolutions, but the person I watched it with did not, so take that with a grain of salt.
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