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Language: English
Category: Movie / Drama
Original Title: Odd Girl Out
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Writers: Rachel Simmons,Matthew McDuffie
Released: 2005
Duration: 1h 24min
Video type: Movie
Vanessa was one of the most popular girl in school. Stacey is the queen bee of the school. When they both like the same guy Stacey and the rest of the school start to bully Vanessa. Will Vanessa fight back? Or Will she let them continue to bully her?
Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa PenaVega Alexa PenaVega - Vanessa (as Alexa Vega)
Lisa Vidal Lisa Vidal - Barbara
Leah Pipes Leah Pipes - Stacey
Elizabeth Rice Elizabeth Rice - Nikki
Alicia Morton Alicia Morton - Tiffany
Shari Dyon Perry Shari Dyon Perry - Emily (as Shari Perry)
Rhoda Griffis Rhoda Griffis - Denise Larson
Nancy McLoughlin Nancy McLoughlin - Ms. Donnely
Margo Moorer Margo Moorer - Principal Jessup
Chad Biagini Chad Biagini - Tony
Joey Nappo Joey Nappo - Ezra
Maureen Brennan Maureen Brennan - Soccer Coach
Michael Arata Michael Arata - Dave Larson
Asia Larkin Asia Larkin - Wannabe #1
Krizia Vega Krizia Vega - Wannabe #2

During a scene where Alexa Vega's character Vanessa ends up cutting her hair off, Vega accidentally cut off her own hair in addition to the fake hair pieces she was suppose to chop.

Based on the book "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls" by Rachel Simmons.

On July 31, 2012 the film was released in a package of 4 Lifetime movies on DVD titled 'Surviving High School'. The other films on the DVD include For One Night, The Perfect Teacher, & Augusta Gone.

The cellphone Stacy (Leah Pipes) uses is a T-Mobile Sidekick II

There's a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul with some other books in Vanessa's bedroom.



Reviews: [25]

  • avatar

    Hallolan

    I'm a man. Previously a boy.

    Except for certain advances in communications technology made since 1982, I had basically the exact same experience as the girl in the movie (with all the genders reversed, of course).

    For people who have been through an experience as vindictive, drawn-out, thorough, and unrelenting as the experience suffered by the girl in the movie, this will be a movie-watching experience both very painful and very valuable.

    Perhaps even more so for those of us who didn't have a parent as ideal and understanding as the one in the film. But, for the purposes of the film and its messages, that character is well-designed and serves many useful purposes.

    This film covers a lot of bases in a lot of ways. It's an impressive accomplishment, seeing as it's impossible to really do justice to the subject matter in the space of a standard film. Very, very impressive.

    I like hard-hitting, gritty dramas like Requiem For A Dream, Bad Lieutenant, and that sort of thing (also, harsh black comedies like Shallow Grave, Bitter Moon, etc.). This film hit me harder than any of those.

    Girls can be as visibly and simply and physically violent as the stereotypical boys (e.g., the tormentors and killers of Reena Virk in British Columbia, Canada). And boys can be as invisibly and complexly and non-physically violent as the stereotypical girls.

    It's not a simple world out there. And it has a lot of barbarians in it. Male and female. And they don't all fit within the usual gender roles.

    There are plenty of masculine, heterosexual evil boys who behave like evil girls -- because they know it's tougher to get caught that way and that the damage done is deeper; in other words, the smarter ones use more complex and indirect methods. And everyone is far less aware of them than the big, dumb, loud, physically-violent ones -- indeed they likely never get caught because their male victims wouldn't be manly/masculine/tough/cool/honourable/etc. if they were to complain about it or admit to being bothered by it or to cry about it, would they? Just show me all the girls who lust after and fall in love with men who cry about getting bullied. Oh, that's right, there aren't any -- they're too busy fawning over the thoughtful, intelligent, emotionally-literate, understanding Alpha-male goons who are beating those other guys up. Sorry, I forgot.

    It's frequently unlike the stereotype of "boy beats guy up, and it's over -- simple." And in those cases, it's particularly damaging when you've been socialized into the idiotic philistine social orthodoxy of boys not being allowed to cry, and boys have to keep a stiff upper lip and hide and suppress their feelings.

    Anyway.... the film accomplishes its goals and its messages beautifully. 9-outta-10.
  • avatar

    Celen

    I watched this movie the first night it was shown on lifetime....and I cried....I am Vanessa....I am an odd girl out....I have been made fun of...humiliated....teased.....and every single thing that Vanessa went through/ did I have went through and I have done....I think everything in this movie was done perfectly. It shows girls that high school is hell and you have to know how to deal with it. Girls are mean and they will be mean no matter what...I am a senior in high school with less than 3 months left and people still start with me for no reason and try to bring me down. I was amazed at this movie and I think every teenage girl should watch this. Especially those that bully/tease....they need to realize that they are NOT perfect what so ever...and that all of the teasing they do can have horrible effects. It wont stop any of them...but maybe they would be a little less harsh or at least have some sympathy.
  • avatar

    Sharpbringer

    Superior made-for-TV effort. The director, an experienced horror flick maker, has a field day playing with the evil that is produced from warehousing many unwanted kids in government run schools. There is haunting music, harsh lighting and sinister dark shadows in most every school scene. The actors all play their parts well. The drama and emotions are driven far beyond the limits of most TV movies. I watched this film with a young adult who was recently teased and shunned by her group of friends. Wow, did ODD GIRL OUT ever hit a raw nerve with her, and judging from comments posted by other viewers, it has the power to expose deep hurts in many other viewers as well.

    Along with the art and drama, there are many super-nice female forms to appreciate. Excellent job LIFETIME Channel!
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    Rias

    I usually have much fun in deriding all of the bad Lifetime movies that my wife watches all the time. I caught this one about 15 minutes in, and kept watching too. It was pretty good. The acting is decent, and the director and writer do a good job of spacing out and escalating the bullying that the girl endures. I thought it was also good how the main character, as she keeps getting bullied, continues to try to find a way back into her crowd. Because, it's realistic. People put up with all kinds of crap to get accepted into a clique. And, the mom's performance was solid too, realizing too late but trying everything she could be figure out why her daughter was getting more and more upset. Good flick. I'd watch it again.
  • avatar

    Nothing personal

    I found some of these comments to be really offensive. Just because you are in high school does not mean you know everything going on within the walls. So what if you're secure with yourself and your relationship with others? That's you, that's not EVERY single person in the ENTIRE high school. This movie really sent me a message to stop being mean to others because you can really affect them so much to where they want to do some dark things to themselves, such as suicide. Bullying among students is a PROBLEM that needs to be fixed. Things like this really do happen, as hard as it is to believe. People really do get called sluts when they probably haven't even done anything remotely 'sluttish'. People make up things and these things get spread. Obviously this is hard to believe for some of you because you seem unable to comprehend the fact that this isn't make believe. I thought this movie was fantastic and it really sends a message to everyone that you need to treat others the way you want to be treated. I even cried a few times during this movie. I encourage mothers and daughters to watch this movie together. It's a really good rent.
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    Uste

    If you like would like to see a version of "Mean Girls" without the Comedy and with lots of drama this is your movie. I don't think I have seen a better movie that showed the real side of high school pressure. The movie actually shows what can really happen and how best friends aren't always forever, especially in a "popular crowd" because really its out to get to you. The movies by far one of my favorite movies and made me think if that would ever happened to me , what would I do? I liked how the movie made Vanessa get sucked back into the friendship with Stacey but in the end have the pressure let lose and bring it all on Stacey and show how ugly she was inside and how fake she was. This is a great movie to show to people about what peer pressuring could do to you and how effects your lifestyle. But I warn you when you watch the movie ... have a box of Kleenex because I surely needed it .
  • avatar

    blac wolf

    "Odd Girl Out" (2005) Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Leah Pipes. 4.5/5.0 stars. When a girl (Vega) finds that her closest friends start to spread rumors and ruin her life she starts to break down to the hurtful and often harmful rituals of High School. Vanessa is your average girl trying to find herself in the world. She is friends with Stacey (Leah Pipes), the most popular girl in school, until Nikki (Elizabeth Rice) and Tiffany (Alicia Morton) sabotage her friendship with the queen bee and the clique. She is tortured throughout the school year until finally, the words start to get to her, and not in a good way. The school outcast, Emily (Perry) joins Vanessa on her quest to navigate through the dreadful everyday life that our teens go through everyday. My thoughts on it-This definitely hit the surface with a stone, and made some huge points that "Mean Girls" (2004) failed to point out. HIhg School may be the hardest times of our lives. Especially when your friends turn on you, and you are all alone in a teenage wasteland of betrayal, rumors, and raging hormones. This is the real deal. The secret life of girls is NOT pretty. What goes on behind our backs-Its one place where you cannot protect your children. Parents should know that this movie does contain some very dramatic elements to it. There is some very intense moments or drama and schoolyard insults such as slut, whore, or bitch. There is some sexual references made through out the movie. Children under 13 should have an adult or guardian around for some mild discretion.

    Rated TV-14 for Strong language and thematic elements.
  • avatar

    Aurizar

    Odd Girl Out is probably one to of the most realistic movies made-for-teenspre-teens out there. I have seen She's Too Young, Mean Girls, etc, but this is the best. It is about a girl Vanessa who is one of the top popular girls in her school. Her life is great- she's got straight A's,she's on the school soccer team, and her best friend Stacy by her side. Everything is great- except for her friend Nikki. Slowly, but surely Nikki begins to build a web of lies, taunts, and rumors about Nikki. She tells Stacy that Vanessa is trying to steal her "boyfriend", and Vanessa goes from the popular table to the loser table. Nikki, Stacy, Emily, the Nikki replaced clone, and other girls begin to tear apart Vanessa's life-taunting her, calling her fat, and playing mind games on her. Soon Vanessa becomes depressed and goes desperate to claim her throne in the popular crowd once again.

    This movie was so good! Except for the dim lighting and the that rap they had in there it was great. Leah Pipes and Alicia Morton played such good roles I"ll never be able to watch Disney movies the same way again. Alexa Vega was great and played a believable thirteen year old, unlike Leah Pipes who was a little too old for the movie.

    Overall, it's a great movie! I think anyone between the ages 12-15 should watch it!
  • avatar

    Gandree

    The very overrated 2004 flick "Mean Girls" was praised by critics for its "biting" and "accurate" portrayal of clique-y high school girls. Please, "Mean Girls" is so tame, so glossy it should have been called "'Valley Girl' with PMS". Just a year after "Mean Girls"'s release, Lifetime released "Odd Girl Out", a terrifying tragic tale of adolescent cruelty. Based on Rachel Simmons's nonfiction book of the same name, "Odd Girl Out" is a stylized but painfully realistic look at how teenage girls will attack each other not with four-letter words or fists, but with rumors, dirty looks, and any form of underhanded bullying. "Odd Girl Out" reveals the 21st century's newest form of torment: cyber-bullying.

    Our protagonist Vanessa (Alexa Vega, "Spy Kids") is an A-student comfortably situated in her popular clique of friends. When fair weather friend Niki (played by appropriately unattractive Elizabeth Rice) becomes jealous of Vanessa's social standing, she decides to take her down a peg by turning Vanessa's shallow best friend Stacy (Leah Pipes) against her and spreading hateful rumors and gossip. Gossip turns into thinly veiled insults ("That tray looks really heavy," one girl sneers at Vanessa during lunch), which in turn become relentless abuse (a web site dedicated to insulting Vanessa is put up). Vanessa tries her best to ignore this undeserved mistreatment, but the emotional pain becomes too much for her to bear. Vanessa's self-esteem and life begin to crumble, and her mother (Lisa Vidal) desperately struggles to help her anguished daughter.

    As someone who was picked on (albeit not as badly) in middle school, I must say this movie is right on the mark. This is really how middle school girls behave: they'll simply choose their victim and attack at random. No rhyme, no reason, they are driven by their own self-absorption and insecurities. I'll admit it, "Odd Girl Out" made me cry for myself, for poor Vanessa, and anyone else who was victimized at that age. Vega is astonishingly good as Vanessa, who is forced to go through pure hell scene after scene. You really see the desperation and loneliness reflected in her sad brown eyes. Vidal is also in fine form as Vanessa's loving but somewhat clueless mom. Rice, Pipes, and Alecia Moore are realistic as the pack of former friends who torture Vanessa.

    Some people complain that "Odd Girl Out" plays too much like a horror movie. Anyone who agrees with that sentiment obviously never attended public middle school.
  • avatar

    Fordregelv

    This is no ordinary movie it deals with real life situations, hence it being on lifetime. In all, this movie brought me to a deeper understanding on the teenage life sequence and teaches you who your real friends are.

    It begins on an ordinary day at school, Vanessa played by Alexa Vega hangs with her 'friends' Stacy and Nikki. The beginning defines the whole movie; people are on their cell phones and the internet, spreading whatever rumor they could for their own amusement. We are then introduced to Tony, a potential love interest for Vanessa, involved in a fight, the girls are seen as popular as Stacy calls Tony out to talk to him, but he only shows interest in Vanessa.

    This movie deals with jealousy, popularity and control, and Nikki wanted to take control and push Vanessa out of the picture; Vanessa was good at soccer, a straight A student and even got the guy, Nikki obviously felt threatened. Fifteen minutes into the show and already you would be hooked.

    Vanessa is your ideal school sweetheart and can be very gullible at times, obviously if you believe someone to be your best friend would you tell them all of your secrets, Stacy used that to her advantage to bring Vanessa down. I think subconsciously Stacy had it out for Vanessa until her moral kicked it. This movie shows you how truly mean girls can be.

    Soon enough, Tony, remember the guy whom liked Vanessa, asked her out, after Stacy asked her to put in a good word for her. That was when they began to turn on Stacy and where Nikki saw it as an opportunity to bring her down *hmmm what are friends for right*. That was the first time the word 'slot' in reference to Vanessa was made. Nikki began her tantrums and pretty soon Vanessa was eating lunch at what was seen as the loser table, and Tony no longer spoke to her anymore. Still Vanessa thought that maybe she had said something or done something to offend Stacy, hence making the disturbing situation her fault, finding means to justify her 'best friends' actions. What I like about this entire plot is that all the characters are kept realistic, even though Vanessa still holds on to hope that maybe Stacy has a justified reason for being mean, no friend should have a justified reason for calling you names and condoning it for the entire school's benefit, but how could a best friend hurt you so deeply, easy, they are not your best friend or even a friend at all.

    Vanessa's true friend, Emily, was right in front of her the entire time, but she was labeled as being an outcast and even Vanessa saw that as being uncool even when she was uncool. Still, the people saw as her friends continued to betray her and threat as if she were nothing at all.

    Soon enough Vanessa went from being a high school sweetheart to having a broken heart. What was upsetting was still she confronted Stacy, hoping that if she caught her alone, things might be different, and Stacy pretended, lied, manipulated and deceived her again, her justification; it was probably pay back time for Vanessa for stealing a boyfriend that wasn't hers to begin with, or it was probably because she 'could' hurt Vanessa. The teasing continued and what broke Vanessa into pieces was that she still trusted her 'friend' but it crushed her when Stacy knowingly invited Vanessa to a party she knew no one would go to. Vanessa's mother was very moving as well. This movie also shows the value of parenting and what a parent would do for their child.

    What amazed me was the fact that Stacy felt bad for Vanessa and she still continued to bring her down, even when she was on the ground, she just mashed her some more. Vanessa also gave the school a lot more to talk about when she cut her hair and Over Dosed in her bathroom.

    The Internet and cell phones that were shown in the beginning were being used against Vanessa. Horrible emails, messages and video manipulations was being distributed across the school base. Why? All because she got good grades and was genuinely a good person. Wow that just shocked me, it made me realize how teenage cruel girls can be to others. I even asked the question, did Nikki feel like the better person even after every thing had gone as planned? Because it seemed like she planned this scheme from the start.

    After Vanessa Over Dosed, the only person that came to visit her was Emily the same 'outcast' mentioned earlier. she gave Vanessa the hope she needed to survive another day in school until graduation. Vanessa's pride was not crushed enough, at least not in Nikki's mind. After Vanessa returned to school, she began to trust Stacy again and even the apology she gave was not as heart felt, she was automatically returned to 'best friend' status. They spoke to each other online and Stacy's idea of a sweet laugh-off was to send it to Nikki, she took the next leap to embarrass Vanessa one last time on graduation day. Nikki read the email out for the entire school in front of Vanessa, and this time she did not run away crying, she faced her main opponent, Stacy.

    The end was sweat, but I did not get that feeling of relief, it showed the step's in Stacy reclaiming her life with her true friend by her side, but it ended too soon. They spent the entire movie demeaning Vanessa, but took the last few minutes to uplift her and it wasn't that satisfactory. I would still recommend this movie to anyone willing to watch this kind of true life story, you would not be disappointed.
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    Shistus

    Odd girl out was very moving in my opinion I've watched it like 10 times already Cause i love it SO much but once i watched it the first time i think i cried but anyways i kinda figured out that,that is how some of my friends and even I act towards other people in my school and i mean I'm only in 7th grade but its still hurts and I know from experience and it can hurt your feelings not to mention your pride can be scared for life by nasty rumors people make up and as my mom always says " Rumors are as stupid as the people who start them." and in some ways i believe that but then again in some ways i don't the rumors could be false and then that might or might not blow over but then in another way if they are true and people have proof then your could be in trouble cause you brought this upon yourself . Odd Girl Out really helped me under stand how people felt when i called them names. So from now on I'll hold my tongue and be nicer.

    ~Sammy~
  • avatar

    Llbery

    This movie shows that anyone can be bullies or victims of bullies. An act or becoming a victim (by means of gossips or embarrassing images) has just unknowingly occurred and ignored. An example that triggers no intent of anyone to blow off the flame from the moment a matchstick is struck-lit off the matchbox. It is not understood and can be blown beyond reasonable limits.

    Emily did show her the magic of sticking up for yourself and of a true companion/friend who just knows how to be a friend and not get too close or nosy about personal things.

    • My favorite part of the movie! - Emily (Shari Perry) showed Vanessa (Alexa Vega) how to stand on her own grounds. An actual retaliating mood, a shoulder knock-off and saying to Stacey (Leah Pipes) that she doesn't have anything worth imaging or (Mean Girls: "plastics"), "you have nothing that I want!".


    This movie has gathered an amazing cast. Especially Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) who was the ultimate victim, as well as the members of the "White Tornados" Nikki (Elizabeth Rice) & Tiffany (Alicia Morton) and a few more, and "Stacey wannabes", proved to have stretched their emotional limits to further extend the meaning of bully and how it could really drive a person to the edge of his/her conscience and do silly things.

    Ultimately, this movie specifically focuses on the emotions between students in Middle & High School, as well as the helpless & wondrous parents who finally understand the masterpiece. Many people do not understand how words used can have a huge effect on the people around them, family and other adults, schoolmates and classmates, friends and best-friends ("We're friends right, we'll always be friends" and a touching hug... "Best Friends."), boyfriends and girlfriends.

    Yeah... the movie was however TOO cruel at one point where the word "slut" was used to describe someone whom you have actually planned to trick when you're the one asking them for help? That word was bit of a backfire to the characters that used the word against Vanessa (in a sense of how they wanted to pursue their act of jealousy).

    This movie is highly recommended for other purposes too. I really found that it has educational value besides jealousy riding within boyfriend competition or how to get rid of "teacher's pets", and that is how to (keep-track of what you did)/(cite your sources).

    Work hard, play hard!
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    Peras

    Spoilers, but nothing super specific.

    Pretty and popular, Vanessa Snyder is a 4.0 student with a promising future as she faces the year preceding her (middle school!) graduation. Little by little her "friends" begin to tear her down for no particular reason at all, until she can't even bear to show her face on campus, for fear of what they might say or do next.

    This sounds like a standard, everyday problem for any and every teen and preteen. It is. But, as Vanessa's mother ultimately realizes, it's much more severe than people realize.

    Odd Girl Out tackles the topic of verbal (and virtual) bullying. By employing word of mouth, internet messenger, and website campaigns, Vanessa's classmates violate her trust, destroy her self-esteem, and use her to their own academic benefit.

    Tina Fey's Mean Girls introduces similar (comedy-based) concepts on the bullying front, featuring popular girls singling out everyone who isn't them for the express purpose of… no reason at all, other than the less popular targeting the even lesser to escalate within the ranks. I'm also drawn to Nikki Reed's semi-autobiographical Thirteen as a parallel, in that it focuses on the (sometimes horribly mind-blowing) scenarios that are reality for middle-schoolers. In the case of that film and Odd Girl Out, I found myself constantly awed when the ages of the characters are brought to attention.

    Alexa Vega lays the dramatic smack-down as Vanessa, showing she's got serious range beyond the comedy based kid flicks, holding her own against long time TV/movie veteran Lisa Vidal. The two have a fantastic chemistry, whether they're getting along or engaged in those all too familiar mother/daughter "leave me alone, you can't possibly understand" angry yet tearful exchanges.

    Visually, this is a very stylized picture. The school scenes are very dark, with a blue filter. However, once I realized that the director, Tom McLoughlin hails from a history in horror, it all makes sense. Looking at the elements, much of Odd Girl Out feels like a horror film, and rightfully so. The girls who attack Vanessa are ultimately more horrific than many a goalie-masked, razor-fingered serial killer who's slashed his way across the screen. In fact, if one of the girls (Nikki, in particular) sprouted horns or turned into a werewolf and Vanessa, in turn, slayed her, it would have been less terrifying, and easier to stomach the cruelty these girls proceed to dish out over the course of the film.

    I suppose the overall question is, "Why put up with it in the first place?" It's true, especially to those of us who have long since graduated high school, let alone junior high. There are a few (myself included), who didn't even much take to the idea of needing to fit in with the A crowd, even at thirteen. But there's also the painful truth that words do, in fact hurt, and we live in an age of instant communication, boasting full color Flash presentations at the press of a button. It's one thing for someone to "slut-sneeze" at you in the hallway, it's another to have an entire web domain dedicated to your each and every faults.

    Odd Girl Out is a well-produced, well-directed, well-acted film. It's a shame it's only a TV movie stamped with the Lifetime Original Drama stigma that may cause most people to assume it's just another melodramatic piece starring a mom from an 80's sitcom.

    If you have kids, especially in 12-16 bracket, check it out. Maybe it'll open up a little family discussion. One thing I do remember about being thirteen: You may act like you don't care what your parents think, but ultimately, it's nice to know someone's paying attention.
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    Uscavel

    This movie is totally what happens in real life. Anyone who says it "gets to the point where it's unbelievable" needs to open their eyes and see what's been going on around them for the past million years. Stop denying what really happens. Girls who are mean enough will take it as far as their imagination will allow, and in this movie they did, and Vanessa was pushed to destroying herself, tearing herself apart inside-out, chopping off her hair and overdosing nearly resulting in her death. There have been girls who were successful in suicide attempts that were results of that very type of bullying.

    Alexa Vega is amazing in this movie, it was all very real and true to me. Leah Pipes and Elizabeth Rice played excellent bad girls. Any girl can relate to the situation, be it the Odd Girl Out, or the popular crew, or the girls who just jump in on the taunting. We've all been there at some point in our school careers.

    I believe that this movie accurately portrays on film what happens every day in every middle school and every high school in America. I don't think it even compares to Mean Girls. This movie is for real; The case of the Odd Girl Out is no joke.
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    Dori

    Every time I watch this movie, it breaks my heart and sometimes reminds me of the problems I go through at my high school. I could not believe how mean and nasty those girls were to Vanessa Snyder. What I truly could not believe was how Vanessa's "friend" Stacey could clearly betray Vanessa like that and hurt her so viciously. I'm sure some of us knows how it feels to be hurt so badly by someone whom we thought was our friend, let alone someone who will not put on an act and just be outright nasty to you like Nikki. It is not that confusing to determine that Stacey is a fake; she truly wanted to hurt Vanessa and was not at all her friend. Just like me, Vanessa is a very emotionally sensitive person, she can get hurt very easily, but unlike her, I try to stay as far away from my back-stabbers as possible. I would never again be friends with the people who have hurt me nor give them a second chance in the risk of being hurt badly again. I used to make that mistake many times, and I have learned from it and paid the consequences. I can not believe that Vanessa's will and self-esteem were so low that she kept forgiving Stacey and was only setting herself up to be in more trouble and be hurt more wildly and that she tried to kill herself. If I were Vanessa, I would never again have been friends with Stacey the very first time that Stacey hurt her and caused all those girls to be ugly and nasty to her. And as for those hateful, nasty instant messages they would always send Vanessa, not only should Vanessa have printed them out, but her mother should have taken those nasty messages to the school board and to the police as clear, cruel evidence of those girls' nasty crimes, since the principal did not seem to take the matter very seriously, and those girls should have been heavily charged and punished. Nothing too much was done about those nasty girls, Vanessa, her mother and the principal kept treating the problem so lightly; I would have expelled the girls from school and never allowed them to graduate. Those girls seriously did not get the message when Vanessa tried to kill herself, they just kept on teasing her so badly about it; I could NOT believe those nasty hate messages they sent her after her suicide attempt, when the girl literally almost died. Those kids obviously did not care how badly they hurt Vanessa, they would never stop at it, they would never stop to think how far they would be going. I seriously can not believe and fathom just how mean and nasty human beings can be to each other; it is just unbelievable to me and always will be. How can people be so evil and heartless and not at all think about or give a hoot what the consequences would be? Do they not get it? I do not have the heart to bully someone for no reason at all, and I find no reason at all too. I am a completely sweet, lovable, down-to-earth person to anybody. Unfortunately, there are way few people like me and too many nasty people in this world.
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    Coiril

    I have always been intrigued by the fact that a school in general consists of two separate realities:the more or less controlled environment of the classroom and the unknown reality of what goes on between students once they are not supervised by their teachers. As a former educator myself, I can assure you that life at school for certain young people can be a living hell.Pestering occurs at every level: kindergarten kids who physically threaten their classmates in order to obtain candy, high-school students who desperately seek excuses as to avoid the humiliation and isolation they experience during recreation not to mention the subtle intrigues that occur at a university level."Humans" in general apparently have a genetically determined urge to reinforce their own feelings of self esteem by preying on easy victims. It is therefore of the utmost importance that parents be aware of the cruel reality that often exists in schools and pay close attention to any alarming change in attitude or conduct on the part of their children. "Odd Girl Out", sadly enough, is a brilliant account of events that are closer to reality than one initially would be willing to believe.Very convincing acting by Alexa Vega as the tormented youngster and Lisa Vidal as the anguished mother
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    Maucage

    wow! hey guys, this is a real movie! it's not a typical Hollywood commercial movie about girls. no, it's something incredible that touches you deep inside. your heart will beat faster and faster, you will start crying, suffering, and in the end you will be full of life! an unbelievable movie about bullying with a more than great Alexa Vega who's the best young, new actress in the world! yes, she is. without a doubt! her best friends start bullying her, she doesn't know why. then she doesn't want to go to school anymore. why should she go? everyone hates her! no one wants to sit near her during the launch, in the corridors everyone laughs when she crosses them, during the lessons no one spokes to her. trust me guys, it doesn't matter how tough you are, this movie will touch your heart, you will cry and be happy, happy because you will discover what life is. i don't know why this movie wasn't shown all over the world. all i know is that it gives you something real, something true, it gives you life! and what's more important than life?
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    Uris

    I love that they opted to use actual high school age kids in this movie. Alexa Vega was FANTASTIC....I really like the way her acting has developed since her Spy Kids days. This is a movie that makes me fear for my daughter's high school days, but it also reminds me that even "popular" girls can end up on the short end of the stick. I can remember so many girls who were like Nikki and Stacy when I was in school....their characters may have been WAY over the top, but the fact of the matter is, that high school girls can, for whatever reason, target another girl and torment them just because they CAN. Something that all parents and teachers should be keeping an eye out for! This movie is correct in identifying this kind of behavior as no different than any other kind of bullying! In fact, because it's so much more insidious, it's that much more devastating for the targets!
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    Burgas

    In this movie it is shown very accurately what happens in the lives of teenage girls at high school. I have been waiting for someone to tell the true tell for years, I having been bullied throughout high school see that this movie shows exactly what happens to a girl that is ostracized from her peers and even so called friends. Just trying to have a normal everyday life and survive is one of the hardest things in school. Everyone has to be the same or else.... If you want to prevent your kids from being caught up in this whirl wind of emotional abuse but are afraid to sit down and have a talk. Find out when this comes on T.V. or by the movie on video and sit down with your daughter to watch, look at how she reacts to the movie. If she seems distressed she may already be going through this and could really use what you went through as help. If she seems offended you may have a bigger problem...she may be one of the people ostracizing others. Talk to your kids and watch this, it's more crucial than you could ever know stop the abuse before it gets to bad..or even starts.
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    Felhalar

    I saw this movie on Lifetime T.V. It was really hyped up so I figured it had to be somewhat decent. It's the story of Alexa Vega (Spykids) as a teenage girl trying to fit in with some popular girls in her high school. The girls she tries to be friends with end up turning on her and make her feel miserable. I didn't care too much for the lighting job. I mean how many schools and classrooms do you see that are almost pitch black? Vanessa and her mom, played by the lovely and talented Lisa Vidal, have that relationship we see too much of these days. The father of the family, who we never see, is divorced and living somewhere else so the mom is left to deal with all of Vanessa's problems. This is one to watch if you have a teen age girl at home! 7/10!
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    Gralsa

    I accidentally bumped into this made for High-Schoolers TV outing on Channel 4 one cold winter's weekday afternoon when I was off work.

    It's 25 years since I was at the UK equivalent (secondary school) and I'm a bloke. So probably not that close to the subject matter.

    But it was stylishly done with dark and moody lighting (don't American schools have light bulbs?) and attractive lead characters.

    The acting wasn't movie standard, but not too bad.

    What was good was the plot. And the attention to detail. In real life bullies get physical. But in this day and age the abuse is more likely to be psychological and delivered with the aid of technology. The internet and mobile phones can be vicious weapons. In that respect this film was a fresh look at an old problem.

    I suspect most reviewers and readers will be of school age. Sorry to tell you that there were school bullies long before me (look up Tom Brown's Schooldays) and they'll be around long after you lot have 'graduated' as you call it.

    But bullies are weak. Those on the receiving end need to be strong (I refuse to call them victims).

    An entertaining film, if a little juvenile for me. But I watched it 'till the end so that says something!
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    Adorardana

    This movie was really great!! I saw commercials for it for a while, so I decided to check it out! I saw the movie that day and said, "Wow, girls really can act that way!" I am a teenage girl in high school, and how that movie portrayed high school life was phenomenal! They were right on the dot!! The casting director did a very good job of casting Alexa Vega, Leah Pipes, and Elizabeth Rice for the three friends were a really good choice. The transition for Alexa Vega from Spy Kids and Sleepover to this movie was really inspiring. When I watched this movie, I felt like Vanessa during this entire movie, and how much I wanted to kick the other girls asses! Well, I really enjoyed this movie!! I recommended this movie to everyone, especially teenage girls!
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    Rayli

    This movie could tell my high school story easily. Sadly, this sort of thing happens all too commonly. Kids can be cruel, girls especially. "Mean Girls" take off or not, it documents a trend. The internet has only aided children in these endeavors. Is this about the evils of the 'net? Nope. But take it from someone who's had such a hate page dedicated to them: it sucks. Talk to your kids. The teenage years are tough. And as much as we would like to say, hey, kids will be kids, there is no excuse.

    It's a good film. I've never seen Alexa Vega's work before, but she does an excellent job portraying this young girl. There are plenty of parts where you want to shout at her, tell the girl to get a backbone, but it comes eventually. Just takes some longer to learn than others.
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    Very Old Chap

    I watched the movie on Monday and I believed it touched many lives, even young men. Vanessa character I thought showed her growing towards the end. She gained confidence of not having or needing to appease Stacy and the others. I enjoyed the scene where Vanessa's mother, gave her an example of an incident in her life. This helped Vanessa to come down off the defensive and communicate with her mother. Therefore, it showed strength in her character with the help of a new friend. I don't believe the lighting was bad at all in the classroom scenes. In watching on my television the lighting was adequate.

    I did notice a scene that the actress was in a different position than the actual shot. When editing how many times are scenes looked over? This is for my knowledge. Thanks.
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    Uriel

    If your an adult, you'll remember these days, whether it was you or someone else, you'll remember. I'm a teen and I see this happening all the time. To my best friend (a popular girl), the geeks, everyone. And they just wont back off. This movie is pretty realistic. Many parts were realistic. But I saw some parts that sort of weren't as well. If you didn't get a chance to watch this movie, watch it. You'll see somethings you see everyday if your still in school. I saw a few unrealistic parts but those were small and minor. Overall I'll give this movie a good rating, for speaking the truth about the lives of teens.