Synopsis: At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Catherine Hardwicke
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 48 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Hit me.

I'm serious.

I can't feel anything.

Hit me.


Do it harder!


I can't feel anything!

This is so awesome!

I hear this little "wah-wah-wah"

inside my head.

That's your brain cells popping.

- Do it.

- You want me to do it?

No, no, no.

Hit me!

Harder! Punch me!



Hit me really hard.


- Okay. I'm gonna plunk you.

- Okay! Go!

- Aah!

- Oh, sh*t!

Oh! Oh, f***!


Come on, Hampton.

Come on.

Come on, baby!

Mom! Come on, it's 7:45.

Let's go, let's go.

I'm ready. Hey, Noel.

- Mason, come on!

- Come on, Mason!

- Where's the new backpack?

- It's already in the back seat.

Hey, wait. Let me fix this before

somebody gives you the wedgie from hell.

- Thank you.

- Mason!

What's up, guys? Hey, Noel.

- B*tch.

- What the hell?


Annette, you know

you're not allowed to wear that.

The teachers look mean here.

I promised myself I wouldn't get

anything lower than an "A." Careful.

- Puta.

- God!

How you doin', man?

Mason, guess what just happened.

Ooh! Look at that sh*t! Damn!

- That sh*t is tight!

- Mason.

Hey. Um, guys,

this is my little sister.


Look over there.

Man, there's Evie Zamora.

- Looks like she grew up this summer.

- No sh*t.

What's up, girl?

- Let's go say hi.

- Hey, be cool, dude.

What's up, Evie?

Come over here! We wanna talk to you!

What's poppin' with you, girl?



Now look up at me.

Oh, looks great.


Next time we'll do orange.

Hair gel, baby.

It's okay, Mom.

You can borrow mine... again.

Thank you.

Ooh, Rodney, I love your blue.

Hey, go like this.

You guys hungry? I did Italian tonight.

Hey, what's happenin'?

Hey, where'd you put the cheese?

- Bye!

- Don't burn your tongue!

- Bye, Mel.

- Oh, thanks. So long.

Jesus. A two-dollar tip.

They ate half the lasagna.

Mom, you're way too generous.

- Did Dad send you the check this month?

- Lay off him, Tracy.

He just started the new job.

- We're fine. I worked all week.

- What?

Oh, you'd look great...

with some honey-blond

entertainment streaks...

right here.

It's not fair. I can't be mad at you

when you do that.

- Here, Mom, listen to this.

- Mmm.

"He was crippled,

but only his body was cracked."

- Yoo-hoo!

- Tracy!

- Hey!

- Hey, Kayla.

Hi. The bus never came,

and then it did.

I have to pee,

and she hasn't eaten anything.

Well, that's okay.

There's some stuff on the stove.

Oh, great. Okay.

Then we'll go?

Tracy, I'm sorry. I just haven't

been to a meeting all week.

You know I need to go.

- I really want to hear your poem.

- No.

- Please start over.

- It's okay, Mom.

No, please, I really wanna hear it.

"He was crippled,

but only his body was cracked.

"It's not simple, nor is it

an easy matter to explain.

"'Let's just leave it at that,'

she says...

"and closes the holy book of lies.

She covers her eyes, denying to herself

what she thought happened."



That's really heavy.

And it scares me a little bit.

It's beautiful.

We gotta talk about it

when I get back. Okay?

Hey, can we

have some of this cake?

Oh, no, no, no, no, no!


That's Mario's cake!

He's 12 years sober!

- Tracy, I want a piggyback ride.

- Hang on.

Uh, Mom.

Mom, Mom, Mom.

I told you I can't baby-sit.

I have an I-Search project due tomorrow.

Baby, cut me a break.

You know I need to go.

- Keep coming back.

- It works if you work it.

Right, baby?

- Bye, Mommy!

- Be good!

Thanks again!

Evie Zamora. Hey, girl!

Evie Zamora

has really pretty skin.

She's got a scar from when she tried

to save her baby brother from a fire.

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Catherine Hardwicke

Helen Catherine Hardwicke (born October 21, 1955) is an American film director, production designer, and screenwriter. Her directorial work includes Thirteen (2003), which she co-wrote with Nikki Reed, the film's co-star, Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011), Plush (2013), Miss You Already (2015), and Miss Bala (2019). more…

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