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Total Crap: 7.41%

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All Over Me
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Talent all around."
4 stars

The majority of teen movies, or those oriented for the under-twenty crowd is often a very superficial, clichéd, laugh-riot filled with false moments and tailored to appeal largely all around.

But then every once and a while, out of the blue comes a true, raw film which captures the true essence of “the life”: Alex Sichel’s All Over Me. The story, written by Alex’s sister, Sylvia, sounds mundane and prosaic, but those down-to-earth and earnest elements are what make it the powerhouse it plays to be. Claudia is a big girl; she isn’t particularly pretty, but she is a real person. Her best friend is Ellen (or simply “El”). She’s a twiggy whore deep down, and considering how emaciated she is, you don’t have to go very deep. Ellen treats her like garbage, but Claudia lets her walk all over her, not out of respect but out of an attraction — she’s a lesbian. While El might be bisexual, she picks up a guy who’s into gay bashing, and a murder he commits sends a message out around their slums. The rift in the girls’ friendship causes Claudia to take up with another girl, a pink-haired introvert with some experience to back herself up. In an age of sexual explicitness, All Over Me is considerably tame. There are winks of temptation, but it achieves a sexiness and sensuality without bogging it down with the unnecessary. It starts off and remains very tender, due especially in part by a level of maturity that the actors bring to the film. Alison Folland, who impressively handles her demanding role, neither underacts nor goes over the top. Her performance should garner her some serious attention. My favorite and personal find, Leisha Hailey as the pink-haired lesbian, is outstanding and graspable, even though her role is one of the most limited. Aside from a very cute and compassionate façade that Hailey plays her with, she is textured to feel very real and authentic. Sylvia’s script is razor-edged and steers away from the exploitative feel of Larry Clark’s Kids, though it doesn’t lighten the harsh reality for today’s teenagers. There are not enough women directors who receive recognition, but the subdued direction by Alex lends her an unabashed reality that shows skill over style; storytelling for the fact of telling it rather than for being a contender. One film could be no more than a fluke, but I can hope that she will prove herself again.

With Tara Subkoff, Pat Briggs and Wilson Cruz.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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User Comments

5/12/06 Annie G Moving. Strong Subtext. 4 stars
2/27/03 sofieeee I felt in love with Leisha in this movie...she's so hot!the MURMURS rule!!! 5 stars
1/18/03 mans0n amazing work, inspiring and so true.... , the music REALLY makes it all work. watch this!! 5 stars
10/27/01 osama bin laid beat-your-meat flick w/ tara subkoff 1 stars
9/21/01 Lindsey Goodman Great stories, HOT leading ladies 5 stars
9/13/01 Leanne I loved it! 5 stars
8/30/01 Elizabeth Morris Wish there were more films out there like this one. 5 stars
5/10/01 liz great film, it gave me the courage to come out, it was a refreshing film that is very good 5 stars
12/26/00 Alicia it was beautiful 5 stars
7/13/00 Tom Good film. Strong acting. 4 stars
12/18/99 SarahAne This movie rocked. 5 stars
8/21/99 Olivia Neutron-Bomb I'm sorry. I like teenage lesbo coming of age flicks. 5 stars
4/02/99 Powrhug Huaser is riveting as usual-rest of the film isn't bad either 4 stars
12/12/98 roxy leisha hailey is so cute, but feh. 2 stars
10/24/98 Vincent Good lord did this film suck- another example that having homo content guarantees a release 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  25-Apr-1997 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Feb-1997


Directed by
  Alex Sichel

Written by
  Sylvia Sichel

Cast
  Alison Folland
  Tara Subkoff
  Cole Hauser
  Wilson Cruz
  Leisha Hailey
  Patt Briggs



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