Girlhood  NOV 01 2003  rating: 4.0 stars

What struck me most about this film was not how mature and immature the girls were but how, as I said on the way out of the theatre, "our country is failing us in so many ways". A description of the film from the web site:

[The film] tells two coming-of-age stories from the real America: Shanae, ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys, responded by drinking and drugging, and then graduated to murder, with the stabbing death of a friend, at age 11. Megan, whose mother abandoned her to turn tricks to support her ravaging heroin addiction, ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for attacking another foster child with a box cutter. Both girls ended up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland's most violent juvenile offenders. It is here that their journeys really begin.

I'm not sure how wide of a release this film is getting, but if you get a chance to see it, I'd recommend it.

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