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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Three teenage girls struggle to survive in the urban jungle of their hardscrabble New Jersey neighborhood in this fact-inspired independent drama. Oz (Judy Marte) is an unapologetically tough 17-year-old who oversees a team of drug dealers, but beneath her hard shell is a soft heart as she cares for her younger brother who is mentally challenged (Dominic Colón). Suzette (Anny Mariano) is 15, and her mother is determined that her daughter is going to make something of herself -- which makes matters all the worse for Suzette when her boyfriend gets her pregnant then refuses to take his share of the responsibilities. And Marison (Paola Mendoza) is a young single mother who is trying to hold on to custody of her daughter while fighting a losing battle with drug addiction. On the Outs received its world premiere at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
R (for pervasive language, strong drug use, some violence, and sexual content)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Anny Mariano
as Suzette
Paola Mendoza
as Marisol
Danny Rivera
as J Stutter
Lee Brock
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for On the Outs

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

Harrowing and heartbreaking, On the Outs is persuasively performed by fine actors, yet has the real feel of a documentary.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Houston Chronicle
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It succeeds, if unevenly.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Washington Post
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A work of harrowing, visceral power.

January 20, 2006
Miami Herald
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Well-meaning but mediocre.

Full Review… | January 19, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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An attention-grabbing showcase for three promising actresses in sharply drawn lead roles.

Full Review… | January 19, 2006
Top Critic

The performances are terrific: None is showy or actorish but earnest, truthful jobs laying bare souls in anguish.

January 19, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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.

jim d
jim d

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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