Close Call (2004)




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The harrowing journey of a desperate teenage girl trapped in a self-destructive downward spiral offers an illuminating portrait of the breakdown of the contemporary American family in director Jimmy Lee's tragic coming of age story. Jenny Kim is a sixteen-year-old girl who was raised on the soiled streets of Los Angeles, and when family strife drives her parents to divorce the confused young girl the horrors of the outside world seem to break down the doors of her once-happy home as well. Now, as Jenny struggles against her growing feelings of abandonment and alienation while trapped in a suffocating cultural limbo, her fragile vulnerability leaves her open to temptation and the damaging influences of drugs and hard partying. Though her mother's attempts to break through to Jenny seem to have little effect on the confused teen, her father David proves that he is willing to make every sacrifice necessary to help his troubled daughter turn her life around before it's too late.
Art House & International , Drama
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Annie Lee
as Jenny
Philip Moon
as David
Jeff Fahey
as Elliot
Christina Ma
as Joanne
Angie Lee
as Tanya
Jan Devereaux
as Modeling Instructor
Mathew Botuchis
as George Krasner
Kathleen Hickey
as Mrs. Williams
Kaye Lu
as Young Jenny
Susan Talbot
as Sharon Krasner
Marsha Fee Berger
as Mrs. Williams
Adam Lebow
as Richard's Brother
Michel Bayan
as Police Officer
Matthew Saxe
as Cousin at Party
Robert Frank Telfer
as HS Principal
Rosalinde Tropper
as Co-Star `Blondie'
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Critic Reviews for Close Call

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Ineptitude abounds in this ham-fisted thirteen wannabe.

May 4, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Too inconsequential and too earnest to belong in the So Bad It's Good category; rather, it's merely bad.

Full Review… | April 28, 2004
Top Critic

Lee has heaped so many social ills on his heroine that it's difficult to buy any of it.

Full Review… | April 15, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Silly, often unintentionally hilarious potboiler.

April 15, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A poorly executed DIY production replete with all the un-tethered irresponsibility and overly demonstrative signifiers one would expect.

Full Review… | April 26, 2004
Entertainment Today

Audience Reviews for Close Call

Jeez, RT critics, chill. It is hardly that bad. It's well acted, believable for the most part, I was never not interested. The movie has a point, and makes it clear, no beating around the bush. I found it very compelling. Sensitive direction. It worked for me, I felt for the characters, they moved me.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Granted, this film may seem slow and boring, but I honestly like it because of the fact that it shows the chaotic life of a teenager, and it also shows the adults trying to understand save her from going down the wrong path. It may be a bit cliched, but its definitely worth the time to watch and is enjoyable on a several levels.

Daniel Strickland
Daniel Strickland

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