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It's more of a harbinger of better things to come than a solid achievement in its own right, but it's moving in a fresh, invigorating direction.
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is a film to be enjoyed for its individual moments, Ariyan Johnson's winning charm as Chantel and the fact that Harris has put the spotlight on the girls who too often are just bystanders in other inner-city movies.
Stylishly shot and fast-paced, its hip-hop soundtrack features a host of women rappers, and its dialogue is heavy with attitude and body punctuation.
What's exciting about this movie is a lot of loose details: frank girl talk about AIDS and birth control, glancing observations about welfare lines and the advantages of a boy with a car over one with subway tokens.
What's especially encouraging about Just Another Girl is that in it Leslie Harris demonstrates a genuine knack for capturing on film the sounds and rhythms of adolescence.
Although the film is punched up by some energetic cutting and hip-hop music, many dialogue scenes, particularly early on, are badly written and awkwardly staged.
A little rough around the edges, but it's hard to dislike a movie with a strong, confident female protagonist and a frank attitude toward sex. Ariyan Johnson slays.
This jiving, sassy debut draws comparisons with Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It. Harris lacks Lee's wit, but also his cloying romanticism.
It's rough and sometimes raw to visit with, blending sharp insights into the world of inner-city youth with a weakness for melodrama and touches of silly humor. But to see it is to visit a world rarely touched by mainstream movies.
It's a low-budget winner combining a sharp, protean visual style -- one minute music video, the next cinema verite -- with impudent humour, raw emotion, a thumping good rap soundtrack and some pertinent lessons in choice and responsibility.
Terrific slice-of-life stuff, by turns funny and sad, with Ariyan Johnson excellent as an ordinary New York high-school student who's determined to better herself.
In the closing credits, Harris describes her picture as "the movie Hollywood dared not make." Yet Harris seems to have adopted the Hollywood approach to glossing over tragic social problems.
An interesting movie. Good story plot.
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