Brief summary: I’ll bullet-list this one—
- Written by at-the-time, 17-year old (and co-star) Nikki Reed
- Got made because Nikki Reed’s father was dating Catherine Hardwicke (director)… probably wouldn’t have been made, if they weren’t dating
- The true arrival of Evan Rachel Wood, who’s gone on to do even better films, such as King of California, Across the Universe, and A Case Of You (even though she’s been in films since she was little)… her acting in this film is PHENOMENAL.
- One of the few movies that address teen “cutting”, in a realistic, and empathetic way
- Holly Hunter. I mean, shit. Put her in anything and the film reaches stellar heights of critical acclaim (I’m being totally serious, she is awesome).
- Killer soundtrack
- A frightening portrait of modern-day middle-school and high-schoolers…. yes, things can be this intense at that age (in 2003, and currently in 2014).
- Insanely recommended. It’s one of those films you must OWN. Not just “watch.” I bought the DVD for like $19.99 at Target right after seeing it in 2003. Got the movie poster, too around the same time.