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Dirty Girl

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Foul-mouthed, highly sexed movie has a muddled message.

Movie R 2011 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Cute movie

I thought from the title this movie would be cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised and the movie had some good emotional scenes.
age 15+

Good movie with strong themes 16+ only!

I liked it, better than expected. I love Juno Temple and she did a great job here. The story is very quirky which I liked the most and it's just a fun film to watch whenever. However, it's not for everyone. Juno plays a spunky, promiscuous teenager called Danielle who has never met her real father but hopes to find him one day. Her mother (Milla Jovovich), who Danielle doesn't get along with, is planning to marry her controlling Mormon fiancee who wants to take control of the family, which also doesn't help. Danielle and an overweight classmate Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) are paired for a class project to take care of a bag of flour disguised as a "baby" who they name Joan. They must spend quite some time together, and doing so leads to a very close relationship. Danielle discovers that Clarke has major issues of his own back at home, like the fact that he is gay and his parents, mainly his father, doesn't approve especially after his mother (Mary Steenburgen) finds part of a gay porn magazine under his mattress. Clarke and Danielle decide to steal his fathers car out of anger and frustration and go on a little journey to find Danielle's real father, who she tracks down and finally gets to meet face to face for the first time. But that's not all, they also run into more adventures and experiences along the way which turns out to be the best trip for both of them. The characters have strong chemistry, the story was overall heartwarming. Language is very strong with tons of f-words throughout including uses of sh*t, @ss, Godd@mn, b*tch and a lot of sexually related terms like t*ts, d*ck, c*ck, sl*t, [email protected]. Violence has a lot of arguments and yelling in a family setting, a teen throws a fit resulting in kicking her mother & fiancee, a father beats up his son. Sexual content includes two teens having sex in a car parking lot at school (nothing shown except a bouncing car), a classmate passes another classmate a note that says "Wanna f*ck", a character is gay and it focuses a lot on that subject, a teen boy says he's a virgin, a mother finds a gay porn mag photo in her sons room (the photo is suggestive, full-frontal nudity) it is shown multiple times throughout the movie, a man does a striptease for another male teen where he strips down to his jeans and does a seductive dance - they're then seen entering a backseat of car together where sex is obviously implied but nothing shown, another striptease in a gay bar where a teen girl starts to undress until she realizes it's a gay bar, a teen boy finishes the act but keeps his shirt on, a girl dresses in skimpy outfits throughout and the camera focuses on her butt sometimes. There is teen smoking. Teens seem to find a way to watch this any way (judging from the reviews here), but the content is not suitable for viewers under 16!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

Falling victim to the "Grinch" syndrome, DIRTY GIRL is much more fun when Danielle is behaving badly. Unfortunately, that only lasts about 20 minutes, and as soon as she befriends Clarke -- an unlikely situation in itself -- the fun ends. The rest of the movie cooks up the usual road-trip clichés, with sing-a-longs to many 1980s radio tunes. It tries to throw in surprises here and there, but these only seem like an extension of what came before, rather than any kind of sudden twist or turn.

Moreover, the filmmakers send mixed messages about family and "being yourself." And thus the bad behavior continues, but with a sour note rather than a gleeful one. The movie's tone wobbles all over the place, ranging from pathos to magical realism (the bag of flour "reacts" to various situations). It all leads to a bizarre, frustrating conclusion that makes very little sense. In short, Dirty Girl should have been more reckless, braver -- and a little dirtier.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 7, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: January 16, 2012
  • Cast: Jeremy Dozier , Juno Temple , Milla Jovovich
  • Director: Abe Sylvia
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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