A Girl Like Her (2015)
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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.
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A Girl Like Her is directed and by Amy S. Weber, and it stars Hunter King, Lexi Ainsworth, and Jimmy Bennett in a mockumentary about a student that gets bullied every day of her life, she and her best friend decides to film everything about her school life about what she does, and how she has to deal with them. I wanted to do something like this in my school, not because I was being bullied around, but because I wanted to show my parent about what I do in my school life, and what I need to improve upon it. Of course for me, I took a while to finally watch this as I had other films to watch, and this is a powerful film for me, even if it's on the same subject that we've seen a million times. Hunter King playing a bully is so convincing that I really hated her as a person, not a character that she plays, which is a huge compliment that I can think of for her. Lexi Ainsworth is also terrific in this that I believed from her emotions that she was bullied and just wanted it to be over. The authenticity of it is really impressive, even if there were times that a scene comes in every now and then, and it takes me out of it because it made me realize that I was watching a film, not a documentary which it was trying to be, in its own way that is. The characters are memorable, you get to see the mindset of why the bully acts like that, and it has some emotional resonance in there that got me emotionally invested. It didn't feel cheesy that you see in those bully videos in your school in any grade, it took itself seriously with the hard truth of it in terms of how the students really act, and how people that sees it don't go for help because they're just scared about it as the student that's getting bullied, and I enjoyed this movie a lot.
A Girl Like Her shows a completely raw perspective of the effects of bullying from all sides: the perpetrator, the victim, and the friends and family of both. This entangled web shows us that things are not always what they seem. This story is one that needs to be told.
This movie has the perspective of such an important issue in the world. i literally cried watching this
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