Review By: Carolina Jones – opens March 29 in Dallas, TX
In David Riker’s THE GIRL, single mother Ashley (Abbie Cornish, Limitless, Sucker Punch) is having a hard time dealing with the fact that her son has been placed in foster care due to her negligence. Rather than take responsibility for her actions the film begins with her believing that the world is hating on her because of her status as a poverty-lined single mother.
Perfectly shaped eyebrows aside, Ashley does seem to be a nice girl who sincerely loves her son and wants him back. Enter her wayward father Tommy (Will Patton, Armageddon, Falling Skies) who is also trying to do the best he can in this cold, cold world. He accidentally introduces her to the world of coyotes. The folks who help the Mexicans looking for work cross the American border.
One night Ashley tries her hand at helping others cross the border, for money of course, so that she can afford a swing set for her son and hopefully turn around the poor single mother image that she believes to be the reason why the state took her son away. The attempt goes wrong and she is left with Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez) a young girl from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life – teaching her that she is the architect of her own fate and learning what it is that truly defines home.
While a tad bit predictable, this film is truly, touchingly wrapped in a neat little package. I expected it to be a bit more “messy” but the drama is more quietly stated. The script doesn’t shout right vs. wrong but rather pulls you in seamlessly and before you know if you’ve watched the entire film vested in the characters outcome. The film locations put me firmly and solidly in hot ass south Texas. Everything from the clothes to the dirt roads looked and felt absolutely real. Kudos.
At the beginning you probably won’t like single mom Ashley. I didn’t. But by the end I loved her, her tough demeanor and yes her perfect eyebrows.
|PG-13, 94 minutes|
|Director: David Riker|
|Cast: Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Sucker Punch), Will Patton (Armageddon, Falling Skies), and introducing Maritza Santiago Hernandez|
|Screenwriters: David Riker|
|Producers: Paul Mezey, Philipp Engelhorn, Nick Quested|
|Cinematographer: Martín Boege|
|Costume designer: Maria Estela Fernandez|
|Distributor: Brainstorm Media|