White Girl

2016

Drama

30
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 4242

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Chris Noth as George
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Reviewed by Riley90 10 / 10

Too real

Wow. Saw this on Netflix the other day and it blew my mind, purely because it paints a vividly real portrait of white privilege, U.S. racial stereotypes and adolescent recklessness/naivety.

I'd best describe White Girl as Thirteen meets Kids meets Crazy/Beautiful. It's gritty, confronting and never shies away from giving the viewer a realistic portrayal of how the actions of a careless white girl can cause collateral damage to a community, all the while riding the wave of privilege.

This is Elizabeth Wood's first feature film, which is made even more impressive when I learned it's semi-autobiographical. She doesn't shy away from projecting Leah in a negative light and her character is far from admirable, highlighting Elizabeth's dedication to her craft above all else. (Btw, this is coming from a feminist's perspective – I'm mentioning this because I've seen White Girl labeled as misogynistic, which I don't think is the case at all.)

Leah is intentionally flawed and difficult to read. For the bulk of the film she's thinking about her own self interests first and foremost, whether it's getting her next hit, fetishizing her hot drug dealer neighbor Blue, recklessly losing $24k in drug money or blurring the lines with her boss at a magazine internship.

That being said, Leah's not completely soulless and does make attempts to redeem herself by helping to get Blue out of jail and on one occasion makes a fleeting attempt to return drugs to Blue's supplier. It's just not enough for you to sympathize for her character. Saylor's portrayal of Leah wasn't anything ground breaking, but at the same time I don't think it needed to be. All she had to highlight was that doll faced white girls can be dangerous too, and she does that effectively.

Brian Marc on the other hand blew me away! Like Wood, he has relatively few film projects under his belt but his performance in White Girl is well up there with the seasoned elite. The stare he gives in his final scene is everything. Brian's performance helps viewers realize he's not playing some wannabe G fu**boy drug dealer, he's playing someone far more vulnerable than that.

What Leah sees as meaningless fun, Blue sees as a form of stability and something serious. Leah has zero responsibilities whereas Blue deals as a means to support his family and to escape his circumstance. She sees sex, while he sees a future. Leah encourages him to be as wild and reckless as she is but fails to foresee how her preferential treatment in the justice system means she comes out unscathed while Blue winds up in jail.

The last five minutes really encapsulate this. Leah might be forever traumatized by the events that took place that summer but she gets to continue on with her life like nothing happened. Meanwhile, Blue will no doubt be reminded every living day as he (likely) serves out a murder sentence that didn't need to happen, had it not been for Leah's careless, selfish actions.

The scariest thing about this movie is its realness.

Reviewed by ReganRebecca 6 / 10

Who knew sex and drugs could be this boring

During the publicity blitz for this movie director and writer Elizabeth Wood made a big deal about how this was based on her real life experiences, how unshocking it was (while simultaneously playing up that their were tons of sex scenes and nudity to play up the shock factor) and how unfair it was that white women like herself were able to dabble in drugs for fun in college, while their Latino and black peers were treated like criminals for far lesser offences. Now all these things led me to expect a much different movie, but watching White Girl I was almost bored by how tame and basic it was and how little it had to say beyond that one message.

Morgan Saylor plays Wood's alter ego Leah. Moving into a cheap apartment in a bad (i.e. predominately Latino) neighbourhood with her friend Katie, Leah is immediately attracted to some young Latino men she sees hanging around her street corner. One night, bored and out of weed she introduces herself to them. When they refuse to sell to her she later meets one of them, named Blue, and invites him up to her apartment. They quickly fall in love and Leah helps him upsell his cocaine at exorbitant prices to her wealthy white friends. Of course this all predictably goes bad and Leah lands in a dangerous situation where she feels compelled to save Blue, who has landed in prison.

The strange thing is how boring and formulaic this all feels. I watched a scene with Morgan Saylor bouncing around in a rave with her top off and all I wondered was when the movie would be over. We watch Leah make manic decision after ridiculous decision always protected by the fact that she is young, middle class and white. But it's hard to feel for a character when she's her own worst enemy and you can see her mistakes coming a million miles away. Another thing is, if Wood was so hell bent on showing how white people have the privilege of getting away with things that their black and brown peers can't telling the story from the perspective of the white girlfriend was a huge mistake.

It's too bad, I really had high hopes for this, but it fell short. A more interesting take on millennial hedonism and race and class in America is Spring Breakers which is over the top and ridiculous in a way that packs more punch than White Girl.

Reviewed by EWilder 7 / 10

Not the first of her kind.

This film is difficult to watch for someone who is not in their teens or early 20's anymore. If you were a wild one at this age, it's not hard to see from the opening lines of the movie where the film is headed. Leah is every parents worst nightmare. Having been a nightmare myself it's very difficult to watch her spiral into the dumpster, continuously crawling back out again. She is that friend everyone is sick of babysitting. She seemingly has no limits or lines she will not cross. For this reason, she is taken advantage of by some of the world's dirtiest scumbags. There is, to my surprise, only one rape scene. (unless you count her disgusting boss) It is not overdone and is exactly what happens to women under the influence every single day. I can feel that the film was directed and written by a woman. If you are a woman who has been in any of these scenarios you will feel as if you were right there with Leah. The drinking paired with the sex, drugs, and alcohol all feel true to life. The rape is accurately and realistically played out. The drug dealer, Blue, tells her early on that he doesn't mess with cocaine yet for the duration of the movie he seems to have no problem with her snorting it all away. That part didn't make sense to me. He stated his boundaries surrounding her interest in drugs, outside of MJ, but then he was seemingly okay with it later. Her boss played by, Justin Bartha, was well done. Although a smaller role Bartha played the part well. He is someone in a position of power who constantly plays on her naivety and addiction. It is incredibly grueling to watch. I wanted to turn the movie off half way into it. I'm glad I didn't. If every drama were pleasant to watch, they wouldn't be true to life. White girl is just that. True to the real world and the unfortunate reality that many of us women face in our lifetime. Some reviewers stated how it seems unrealistic that someone would try so hard to free a man they just met from prison. It is not that far fetched when you look at how impulsive all of her other decisions were leading up to this point in the film. It is not an easy watch but it's definitely worth it. I hope to see more of Wood's work in the future.

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