Okay, onto A Girl Like Her.
This is yet another movie that one of you lot recommended to me about a year back, but after reading the bio on it…I kinda thought “Meh” and put it on the back-burner for a few weeks…which eventually turned into months.
Anyway, it was late at night, and I was pretty smashed, and I needed a movie fix – but I couldn’t find anything new that interested me. So it was finally time to give this high school Mockumentary a go.
When I put it like that – ‘high school Mockumentary’ – you kinda see why I avoided it for so long.
But, not for the first time in my life – I was wrong.
I should have watched this earlier.
It was put together by a director/writer named Amy S. Weber, and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders for this sort of thing. It’s turns out to be quite an important film for our times, especially for teenagers, and it will even appeal to Found Footage haters.
Jessica Burns enlists the help of her best friend, Brian, in order to document the relentless harassment she’s received from her former friend, Avery Keller, one of South Brookdale High School’s most popular students.
Where to Start…
Seriously, it’s such an effective movie, it’s really hard to know where to start.
I’m kinda being careful with my words here as this is NOT the type of genre that rocks my world, and I don’t think I’ll do the subject matter justice (and it’s certainly an important subject, for a lot of youngsters out there).
Funnily enough, the subject of bullying hasn’t been covered anywhere near enough by Hollywood…and I don’t really know why?
It’s probably one of the reasons that Weber went out and drummed up finances through crowdfunding to create this powerful indie flick – there was a huge gap in the market, and this subject needed to be covered.
Pretty fucking good really – I came away from the experience without any ‘cons’ written down on my beer-stained scrap of paper!
Everything seems to have worked out in this project – even the fact that they opted to make it in the Mockumentary and Found Footage format (I’m pretty sure this raised a few eyebrows among the investors!).
The actors were all pretty impressive, and I mean that sincerely. I thought that the two female leads were excellent throughout (Lexi Ainsworth and Hunter King). I have idea where Weber found this pair, but they’ve done done their careers no harm whatsoever with these performances.
I also thought that the pacing was pretty clever alongside how the plot worked – at first I was a little worried I was going to get bored with the journey, but it picks up in all the right places (very clever directing!).
It’s not often that I get to put up a film on here that I have nothing negative to report on.
It’s also important to point out that the movie doesn’t attempt to sugar coat the subject, and shows the sides of both girl’s personalities (whether we agree with them, or not). We get glimpses of why this ‘bully’ acts the way she does, which I found one of the most powerful elements of the movie.
Definitely an important movie, and well worth a watch.