Dirty Girl (2010)

Feature Film | Comedy-Drama | USA/S Korea/UK | English | 1h30m
Dir: Abe Sylvia | Scr: Abe Sylvia | Ph: Steve Gainer | Prod: Rachel Cohen, Jana Edelbaum, Rob Paris, & Charles Pugliese | Mus: Jeff Toyne | Ed: Jonathan Lucas | PD: Alan E. Muraoka | AD: Roni Spitzer | Cast: Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, William H. Macy, Nicholas D'Agosto, Pat Healy

An aggressively sexual teenaged girl and an overweight, deeply unpopular male classmate strike up an unlikely friendship and take off on a road trip to California – she, not so keen on the idea of becoming a Mormon like her soon-to-be stepdad, does so in search of her biological father, and he, under the threat of being sent to military school, does so to avoid his own homophobic one, in Sylvia’s sporadically entertaining feature debut. The well-assembled cast does reasonably well with the material, and there are one or two inspired moments along the way, but the film never really manages to find an adequate balance between comedy and drama.