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The Girl Is In Trouble (2015)



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A failed Lower East Side DJ struggling to keep his life together becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer, and the scion of a powerful investment firm. (C) eOne

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Jesse Spencer
as Nicholas
Sarah Kozinn
as Stephanie
Diane Cheng
as Ms. Chang
Miriam Colon
as Grandma
Jeff Worden
as Yuppie #1
Pressly Coker
as Yuppie #2
Paul Alves
as Manager
Jackson Ning
as Landlord
Kelvin Whui
as Landlord's Translator
as Himself
Mike Ivers
as Jeremy
Norm Golden
as Charles Feinman
Danahar Dempsey
as Yuppie #3
Luis Ayala
as Plain Clothes Cop
Waldina Diaz
as Cashier
as Fuhrmann
Ray Chao
as Landlord's Assistant
Trevor Zhou
as Ms. Chang's Son
Henrik Kromann
as Swedish Officer
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Onah doesn't quite stick the landing narratively, although he has such filmmaking energy that his work here merits comparison to that of the film's executive producer, Spike Lee.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Top Critic

Onah - whose movie began life as his thesis project at New York University - seems more keen on showing how the tensions of immigration and gentrification have shaped the Lower East Side than on fashioning a credible thriller.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ...

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
Top Critic

The story has plenty of possibilities, though Onah rarely manages to put his own stamp on things.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
AV Club
Top Critic

Ultimately, it's not so much the story - centered around a coke-fueled murder - that compels as Onah's familiarity with his setting. He's got a great feel for the vibrancy of downtown and the diversity of its population.

Full Review… | April 1, 2015
New York Post
Top Critic

The film's visually arresting, but it's the performances that hold it all together - Short, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Spencer, Paz de la Huerta, Míriam Colón, and Mike Starr, with Bachleda being the real glue.

Full Review… | March 31, 2015
Village Voice
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So, this indie has things going for it. The story is interesting with some nice twists and turns and the acting is good. The thing that is suffers from is that it tries way too hard to be "interesting". By doing cutaways, text over the picture, insightful voice over monologues, etc. Honestly, it really just needed to tell the story. Some of the interesting stuff was fun to look at, but it didn't contribute a whole lot to the story as a whole. Like I said though, the acting is good. This is a far cry from Fez and Handy Manny for Wilmer Valderrama and he does a really nice job. Columbus Short (from Scandal), Jesse Spencer (from House), and Alicja Bachleda round out the cast well. It also has a fun remix of My Moon My Man by Feist, which is a great song. But overall, it just tries too hard.

Jillian Leff
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