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"THIRTEEN"
(2003) (Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Extreme Moderate Extreme Minor None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Extreme None None Heavy Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Moderate Extreme Extreme Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Much to the dismay of her single mother, a young teenager turns rebellious when she falls in with the most popular girl at school.
PLOT:
Tracy (EVAN RACHEL WOOD) is a thirteen-year-old suburban kid who lives with her older brother Mason (BRADY CORBET) and their single, hairdresser mom. Mel (HOLLY HUNTER) hopes that she's done a good job raising her kids, but an addiction problem and a lackadaisical approach at being a traditional parent has hampered her efforts.

As have the newly arrived teen years for Tracy. She idolizes Evie (NIKKI REED), the most popular girl in school, unaware that her life is anything but peaches and cream, particularly since she has an inattentive foster mom in Brooke (DEBORAH UNGER), a would-be model.

Nevertheless, Tracy finally impresses Evie enough that she's allowed into her inner circle. It doesn't take long for Evie to corrupt Tracy's otherwise mostly childlike innocence and soon the two are shoplifting, selling drugs, getting high and more. Tracy's new rebellious attitude and behavior draws Mel's attention, prompting some tense family moments between them, particularly since Tracy doesn't like Mel's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Brady (JEREMY SISTO), who's fresh out of rehab.

With Evie eventually moving in with them and Tracy continuing her descent into outright young teen rebellion, it's only a matter of time before her relationship with her mom reaches the boiling point.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Younger teenage girls might be interested in it (due to the buzz surrounding the film) as might those who are fans of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For drug use, self destructive violence, language and sexuality - all involving young teens.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • EVAN RACHEL WOOD plays a thirteen-year-old girl who falls in with the wrong crowd and heads down the path of experimentation and bad behavior. She uses strong profanity and drugs, sells drugs, steals, smokes, gets various piercings, fools around with boys, and generally adopts a bad attitude toward her mom and others.
  • NIKKI REED plays the most popular girl in school and Tracy's idol who eventually becomes her best friend and gets her involved in shoplifting, selling drugs, body piercing, sex, and more. She also smokes.
  • HOLLY HUNTER plays Tracy's single mom and recovering alcoholic who's concerned about her daughter's sudden change in behavior. She uses profanity and smokes.
  • JEREMY SISTO plays Mel's on-again, off-again boyfriend who's fresh out of a rehab clinic.
  • DEBORAH UNGER plays Evie's foster mom, a model who smokes and doesn't seem to care what Evie is doing.
  • BRADY CORBET plays Tracy's brother who admittedly smokes pot, but is concerned about her transformation and behavior.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity consists of at least 45 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are present (including in songs). Sexually explicit dialogue occurs, as do several instances of fooling around (making out, caressing of clothed breasts, straddling of guys' laps, some disrobing etc.) that lead to some off-screen sexual behavior (oral sex). Some lesbian-related material is present, as is the sight of a fully nude middle-aged woman (in a nonsexual context).

    All sorts of teen-based imitative behavior occurs (rebelliousness, drugs, piercings, self-mutilation with bloody results, etc.) - resulting in plenty of thematic issues and discussion points -- while various related and unrelated bad attitudes are present, as is a great deal of tense family material. Different characters (including teens) drink, smoke and use (and sell) drugs. While high, two girls repeatedly hit and punch each other.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those sensitive to motion sickness, some of the camerawork's bounciness, etc. may be a bit much at times.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Tracy and Evie take turns doing hits from an aerosol container, with Tracy saying she can't feel anything. We later see this again in the movie with Tracy briefly unconscious from the gas and/or the hitting she and Evie do to each other.
  • Mel is a recovering alcoholic who heads off for an AA meeting (not seen).
  • Mel and Brady have wine with dinner.
  • We hear that Brady is out of rehab and then see a brief flashback of Tracy viewing him inhaling something in the bathroom and then passing out.
  • Evie asks some guys (who are drinking) if they want to get high and then sells them drugs. We then see various young people, including Evie and Tracy, who are high (with Tracy saying she thinks her nose is melting off).
  • Mel drinks from a bottle.
  • Brooke asks Evie if she can get her another beer (she does). When Brooke then sees Evie and Tracy with beers, she tells them not to have more than one.
  • Evie, Tracy and their two dates take drugs (joints and a pipe) and drink beer.
  • Evie asks a young lifeguard, Luke (in his house), if he has any beer. We then see her bringing shots for him, her and Tracy, and all down them. She later asks him where his bong is and then gets it out, but no one uses it.
  • Evie sells drugs to others on the street, while various young people drink. One guy allows Tracy to drink from his sports bottle (some sort of alcohol) and she later reacts to that (acting high and/or drunk).
  • Mason tells Tracy he knows she's been doing drugs. In turn, she comments on him getting stoned every night and he replies that their mom knows.
  • Tracy yells at Brady, "You f*cking coke-head."
  • Evie and Tracy snort what appears to be ground up prescription drugs.
  • Evie states that her mom is a crack whore.
  • We see some empty beer bottles on a table in Brooke's place. Brooke then asks Mel if she can get her a beer (and Mel declines the offer).
  • Tracy drinks from a small bottle she carries in a bag.
  • Evie informs Tracy, "They found my stash."
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Tracy has a bloody lip after Evie punches her (while both are high) and she hits her head on a table (this is seen again later and in more detail as the scene is repeated).
  • We see Evie pulling up her shorts after peeing outside (nothing explicit is seen).
  • We see scars on Tracy's arm (from self-mutilation) and then see her run a scissor blade on her skin, drawing blood. We later see blood on her shirtsleeve that covers the wound.
  • We see urine-soaked sheets in a bed (from a dog or little girl).
  • Tracy states that her thong is "perfect for pooping on the go."
  • Brooke says, "They cut off my ears" (from plastic surgery) and we then see some red, surgery-related marks near her ears (where they tucked the skin).
  • In more self-mutilation, Tracy takes a razor blade and runs it down her arm (with bloody results, including some blood dripping on the floor). We later see more such cut scars on her arm.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Tracy develops an increasingly bad and coarse attitude toward others, including her mom, as she becomes ever more rebellious.
  • Tracy forsakes her former friends when she starts hanging out with Evie.
  • A girl is mean to Tracy (over her socks) and asks, "Who let her out of the cabbage patch?"
  • Evie and a friend shoplift in a store, prompting Tracy to steal a woman's wallet from her bag (so that she fits in with Evie).
  • Tracy is late to class and has a defiant but carefree attitude about it then and in later scenes.
  • When Brooke sees Evie and Tracy with beers, she tells them not to have more than one.
  • Evie and Tracy act as if they're going to the movies (as Mel and Brady go to a different one), but then sneak off and later lie about doing so to Mel and Brady.
  • It's somewhat implied that Evie had sex with a guy that Tracy likes.
  • Evie ignores Tracy once she informs Evie that she can no longer live with them. Later, she accuses Tracy of corrupting her.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes where Tracy purposefully cuts herself (with bloody results) might be disturbing to some viewers.
  • Tracy goes to get her tongue pierced and we nearly see the actual piercing (we see the needle at her tongue, but don't see the insertion). The same occurs when she later goes to get her navel pierced (we nearly see the insertion).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Don't give a f*ck," "No f*cking way," "F*ck you over," "So f*cked up," "I don't give a f*ck," "F*ck you," "Get the f*ck out of my house," "What the f*ck /are you doing?" "F*cking hard-ass," "Stupid f*cker," "F*ck it," "What the f*ck is wrong with you?" "F*ck this work sh*t," "That sh*t is tight," "Holy sh*t," "No sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "You little cunt," "Jacking off," "What the hell," "Bitch," "Loser," "Hell, yeah," "Big ass booty," "Idiot," "Screw around," "Slut," "Shake it, don't break it, bitch," "Lesbo," "What the hell?" "Fine ass," "You're such a loser," "My mom is a crack whore," "Kick ass," "Make an effort, bitch" and "Broke ass."
  • Some kids may be enticed to turn rebellious like Tracy and Evie.
  • Tracy and Evie take turns doing hits from an aerosol container, with Tracy saying she can't feel anything. She and Evie then purposefully hit each other (while high and as another part of the experience).
  • Evie has a pierced tongue and navel. Tracy later gets her tongue and navel pierced as well. A miscellaneous man has a piercing above his chin.
  • Various girls, including Evie and Tracy, wear midriff revealing tops in various scenes.
  • Evie and a friend shoplift in a store, prompting Tracy to steal a woman's wallet from her bag (so that she fits in with Evie).
  • We see Evie pulling up her shorts after peeing outside (nothing explicit is seen).
  • Evie and Tracy sport shirts that they've purposefully torn/cut for fashion purposes.
  • Evie playfully gives "the finger" to Tracy. Later, Tracy gives someone "the finger."
  • We see scars on Tracy's arm (from self-mutilation) and then see her run a scissor blade on her skin, drawing blood. She later uses a razor blade for the same purpose.
  • Evie and Tracy act as if they're going to the movies (as Mel and Brady go to a different one), but then sneak off.
  • Evie and Tracy snort what appears to be ground up prescription drugs.
  • Tracy states that her thong is "perfect for pooping on the go."
  • Tracy tells her mom that she isn't wearing a bra or panties (she's otherwise clothed).
  • Evie shakes her clothed rear and says, "Say hello to the butt."
  • Tracy shows up late for class several times and is unapologetic about doing so.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has various uses of the "f" word in it, another repeatedly says, "Bounce" and "Ride me baby" (meaning sex), and another asks, "Have you ever freaked?" (Presumably sex in the context).
  • In addition, some songs had lyrics that we couldn't understand, thus offering the possibility of additional, potentially objectionable lyrics.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 45 "f" words, 42 "s" words, 6 slang terms for sex ("humping," "laid," "bone" - written -- and "freaked"), 3 slang terms using male genitals ("c*ck" - 1 written - and "d*ck"), 2 using female genitals ("p*ssy" and "c*nt"), 9 asses (1 used with "hole"), 1 for breasts ("t*ts"), 7 hells, 7 damns, 1 crap, 8 uses of "Oh my God," 5 of "God," 4 of "G-damn," 3 of "Jesus," 2 each of "Christ," "My God" and "Oh God" and 1 use of "Oh Jesus" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Miscellaneous students show cleavage.
  • We briefly see a large advertisement that shows a nude woman whose private parts are covered by logos, etc. (so that nothing explicit is seen).
  • We see a T-shirt that reads, "I love c*ck" (with the word "love" replaced by a heart).
  • We hear a boy saying, "I just wanted to see her t*ts."
  • Evie and some guy lick each other's tongues.
  • Brady and Mel passionately kiss and he caresses her clothed breast.
  • Evie spots Brady in his boxers and comments, "Nice ass." Later, she shakes her hips at Mason and makes a comment about a G-string.
  • Evie tells Tracy that some guy "ate my p*ssy" but then says she's joking.
  • Mel tells a customer about her new hairstyle, "If this gets you laid, you owe me double."
  • After Tracy refuses to kiss her mom goodnight, Evie plants a long kiss on Mel's lips. She later somewhat displays lesbian tendencies toward Tracy and doesn't mind when Tracy later shows that she knows how to kiss (with passionate, clothed kissing and Tracy on top of Evie).
  • We briefly see Evie in her bra and panties as she changes clothes.
  • Evie jokingly tells some guy (about Tracy), "My friend wants to suck your d*ck."
  • Evie and her boyfriend make out on a sofa next to Tracy and another guy. Tracy watches as Evie straddles her boyfriend's lap (all are clothed) and then copies her moves (passionate making out and straddling). Both women eventually lower their tops and we see them (from behind) in their bras. We then see a guy's zipper being lowered (but the scene ends there). Later, Evie asks Tracy if she had a good time. Tracy says she did, but that "it tasted kind of nasty" (implying oral sex that Evie says they didn't earlier discuss).
  • Evie suggests that she and Tracy form a "Luke sandwich" with a young, but adult lifeguard. He states that they're jailbait, but Evie then straddles his lap and makes out with him. She then has Tracy join them and they're soon a threesome on the sofa and his shirt is removed. More kissing follows (between him and the two girls) and Evie states, "You know you want it," but he has a change of mind and makes them leave before anything else happens.
  • Mel finds some of Tracy's new panties that read, "I wanna bone."
  • A street rapper repeatedly sings, "I feel like humping something."
  • It's somewhat implied that Evie had sex with a guy that Tracy likes.
  • A guy asks Tracy if she wants to "suck my c*ck."
  • Trying to calm down Mel (about Tracy), Brady slowly undresses her (we see her in her bra). He then guides her into the shower where we see her bare breasts. She then exits the shower and walks into the bedroom where we see her bare breasts again. Moments later, she sits on the bed and we see her bare breasts again as well as some brief pubic hair.
  • We see the top of Tracy's thong in her low rider pants.
  • Evie and Tracy walk in on Mel in bed with Brady (she's clothed, he pulls the sheets over him and we don't see anything).
  • Evie shakes her clothed rear and says, "Say hello to the butt."
  • Brooke shows some cleavage.
  • Wanting Mason to get out of the bathroom, Tracy asks if he's "jacking off in there."
  • There's some brief, sexually-related talk.
  • SMOKING
  • Tracy, Evie, Mel and Brooke each smoke several times, while Brady smokes once.
  • In one scene, Mel smokes and we see other used butts.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Tracy asks her mom if her dad has sent the check (alimony) this month. We then learn that Mel is raising Mason and Tracy by herself. Her father briefly shows up for one scene, but she and Mason are distant from him.
  • Evie states that her mom is dead and Mel states that she also lost her mom when she was young. Later, Evie states that her mom is a crack whore.
  • Tracy's descent into teen rebellion puts a great deal of strain on her relationship with Mel who becomes increasingly distraught and frustrated over her actions, attitude and change.
  • Evie states that her foster mom's boyfriend hits her and once grabbed her hair and threw her against a van. Later, Tracy spots a scar on Evie's back (suggesting possible past abuse) and Evie later states that her uncle "put things inside me" when she was nine.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Wanting to "grow up" and/or fit in with the cool kids.
  • Strife between parents and kids.
  • Evie and a friend shoplift in a store, prompting Tracy to steal a woman's wallet from her bag (so that she fits in with Evie).
  • Drug use.
  • Self mutilation.
  • Piercings.
  • Coming on to older guys (and/or having sex with them).
  • Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.
  • Kids who have guardians rather than parents raising them.
  • Evie states that her foster mom's boyfriend hits her and once grabbed her hair and threw her against a van. Later, Tracy spots a scar on Evie's back (suggesting possible past abuse) and Evie later states that her uncle "put things inside me" when she was nine.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Tracy and Evie take turns doing hits from an aerosol container, with Tracy saying she can't feel anything. She then wants Evie to hit her and Evie slaps her several times. Tracy wants her to hit her harder and so Evie does, and the girls then exchange punches. That results in Tracy hitting her head on a table and bloodying her lip. (We later see this again in the movie with Tracy briefly unconscious from the gas and/or the hitting.)
  • Tracy kicks a trashcan in anger.
  • Tracy and Mason briefly struggle.
  • Mel tears up part of the kitchen floor in anger after slipping and then throttling some things in the kitchen.
  • Evie states that her foster mom's boyfriend hits her and once grabbed her hair and threw her against a van. Later, Tracy spots a scar on Evie's back (suggesting possible past abuse) and Evie later states that her uncle "put things inside me" when she was nine.



  • Reviewed July 11, 2003 / Posted August 20, 2003

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