One of my favorite actresses, Evan Rachel Wood, turns 27 today. So in honor of her birth, I will review the movie that made me first fall in love with this quirky young actress.
Written and Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed
Thirteen could have easily become a melodramatic lifetime movie special but instead is an honest look of a young girl’s struggle to assert her independence and be seen as cool. Evan Rachel Woods gives a phenomenal, gut-wrenching performance as Tracy. How she uttered the words, “no bra, no panties” are seared in my brain forever. The music and soundtrack matures and darkens the more Tracy is lost in her new world of sex and drugs. The low-budget cinematography is apparent but doesn’t distract too much due to the strong script and performances. This is a powerful story lead by an extraordinary young talent and small but great supporting cast.
Other great and favorite performances from Ms. Wood:
Kimberly Joyce in Pretty Persuasion see review here
Stephanie in The Wrestler
Harriet Frankovitz in Digging to China
Veda Pierce in Mildred Pierce
Emily Lindstrom in Little Secrets