On the Outs (2005)
Critic Consensus: With powerful lead performances, this gritty docudrama about the desperate lives of three young women in Jersey City packs an emotional wallop.
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Critic Reviews for On the Outs
Harrowing and heartbreaking, On the Outs is persuasively performed by fine actors, yet has the real feel of a documentary.
A work of harrowing, visceral power.
An attention-grabbing showcase for three promising actresses in sharply drawn lead roles.
The performances are terrific: None is showy or actorish but earnest, truthful jobs laying bare souls in anguish.
Audience Reviews for On the Outs
Certainly not the first film to show how a crushing urban environment can make a sensible-sounding slogan like "just say no" seem like so much nonsense, but it's one of the strongest.
Sometimes I get a little worried when, before I start watching a movie, I watch the previews on the DVD of other 'recommended films' and they all look TERRIBLE. I usually end up regretting the movie selection. This film was an exception. The recommended films looked like crap. But, this film was well worth the watch. Some harsh realities depicted...granted, I've never walked even remotely close to the paths of the main characters in this movie...so what do I know about the 'reality' but, nothing depicted here seemed in the least bit implausible. Completely believable characters in tough situations making bad decisions and facing very painful consequences. Not exactly the feel good movie of the year. But, sadly, I suspect, these are some of the life choices many teenagers are actually facing. Drugs. sex. violence. survival. pain. loss. suffering. with just a glimpse of hope.
I really loved this movie it made be cry a lil bit and start thinking about my life and how I should stay out of trouble big time :)
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