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      The Girl

      PG-13 2012 1h 35m Drama List
      53% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 44% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A Texan mother loses her child to foster care and she starts to smuggle Mexicans across the border to make money. Read More Read Less

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      Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle A sentimental shift in the last reel of the film seems artificially designed to wrap up the story and demonstrate that a life lesson has been learned. It's when it's at its most contemplative that The Girl is at its best. Rated: 2.5/5 Apr 5, 2013 Full Review Brian Tallerico There's a heartfelt tenderness for this troubled character on Riker & Cornish's part but it comes at the expense of realism or any serious answers to the questions raised by the film. Rated: 3.0/5.0 Mar 21, 2013 Full Review Scott Tobias AV Club It's unfortunate that Riker's strong central character and evocative location work get undermined, at every turn, by a plot that not only springs zero surprises, but reduces the terror and loss of Cornish's charges to mere life lessons for her. Rated: C+ Mar 7, 2013 Full Review Charles Ealy Austin American-Statesman [Cornish] plays Ashley with a mix of guilt and determination. And the precocious Hernandez brings an equally stubborn quality to Rosa. Rated: B Apr 4, 2013 Full Review Ethan Alter Television Without Pity The Girl is still more "good for you" than "good," but at least it supplements its feature-length lecture with a pair of good performances and a decent payoff. Mar 8, 2013 Full Review Brian Orndorf It's a spare film, but deeply felt and convincing, while bringing Cornish into a whole new light as an actress. Rated: B Mar 8, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Toni A A thought-provoking exploration of social issues, The Girl, written by screenwriter David Riker, made its debut at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. This film delves into multiple social issues, leaving viewers with much to contemplate. Despite its incomplete nature, it resonates deeply, prompting reflection on life in the United States and beyond. Riker, an American screenwriter and film director, gained acclaim for his award-winning work The City (La Ciudad) — a neo-realist film that sheds light on the struggles faced by Latin American immigrants living in New York City. The Girl follows suit, offering a poignant narrative that underscores the delicate balance between personal well-being and our interconnected world. Intriguing and thought-provoking, The Girl is definitely worth watching for those who love to explore American history or historical social issues. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/07/24 Full Review Audience Member Great job by Cornish. First time I've seen her in a lead, she is a wonderful actress. Saw her on Craig Ferguson a few times, so I know she's Austrailian. She did a great job with the American accent and persona, as well as a woman in dire straights financially who sets her heart and solid ethical choices above the monetary. All Americans should watch this, for few know the truth about illegal immigration. My wife is from Colombia and her sister lives in Mexico. She has a friend who came across and was raped seven times. Everyone who comes across has to pay the cartel, so American policies or lack of application of law encourages the rape, murder, sex and drug trafficking that happens all the time. We do a great injustice to encourage the death and abuse of these desperate and poor people. Great film bringing awareness to the ignorant, spoiled Americans. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a really wonderful movie. No car chases, drugs, gratuitous sex, or spaceships. Just a wonderful story: beautifully written, acted, and filmed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review darren h Not bad. But not great either. If this was a made for tv movie I would have rated it slightly higher. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member a good enough role with enough dramatic weight for Abbie Cornish the film also deals with illegal immigrants coming into the US from Mexico and Ashley is caught in the middle of the epidemic learning that her father smuggles in people across the border in order to keep her son from being taken away she decides to transport a few of her own, unfortunately she's only left with a little Mexican girl whom has lost her mother the girl has Ashley realize that she really needs to start being a good enough mother to her own child and you can feel that wonderful bond that unexpectedly grows between them even the citizens of Mexico have it rough as well as in America that many don't realize a heavy enough film Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review walter m In "The Girl," Ashley(Abbie Cornish) has problems that extend just beyond her low paying job. Namely her DUI conviction that resulted in her son being put into foster care. So, she welcomes the opportunity to bond with her father(Will Patton) at his home in Mexico. After finding out what he does for money, namely smuggling people across the border in his truck, she gets some ideas of her own... Abbie Cornish deserves better than this. In the past she has shown much more promise and talent than here with "The Girl" where her character is mostly defined by a wonky Texas accent.(Will Patton is great, by the way.) At the same time, that's one of this sentimental and mawkish movie's lesser flaws, where the central point seems to be to prove that Ashley is really not such a terrible person after all. This is in a world where migrants have bigger problems than clueless white people. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A Texan mother loses her child to foster care and she starts to smuggle Mexicans across the border to make money.
      David Riker
      Douglas Cummins, Paul Mezey, Christian Valdelievre, Tania Zarak
      David Riker
      Production Co
      Journeyman Pictures
      PG-13 (Thematic Material|Smoking|Language|Violence/Disturbing Images)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 30, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 35m
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