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Supposedly based on "true events," the clichéd "Confessions of an American Girl" follows Rena Grubb (Jena Malone) who is looking for some kind of stable and happy life after her boyfriend leaves her alone and pregnant. Rena thinks she can find some kind of redemption through her incarcerated father, so she convinces her mom to go with her &emdash; and her family &emdash; to a prison picnic to face the past so she can go on toward her future.
Fun Fact: Star Jena Malone co-produced this movie.
"Confessions of an American Girl" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and doesn't look all too pretty. Given its low budget nature that's probably to be expected, but the print used for the transfer is incredibly soft, grainy, washed out and filled with dirt, scratches and blemishes. Fleshtones are marginally decent, detail is okay and the colors are far from vibrant and look pretty plan. On the plus side though, there is no edge enhancement. Mediocre at best.
There's only an English Dolby Stereo Surround track and given the film's content there really isn't much to say here. Dialogue is clean and easy to hear, sound effects come across as direct and simple and only the musical score Amotz Plessner give the track any kind of life.
Sorry, but previews for other MGM movies don't count.
With no extras and only an average presentation, "Confessions of an American Girl" seems headed for the bargain bin at DVD stores. But if you're interested in the usual down-and-out/low-trash teen drama, a rental should be more than enough.
Retail Price: $25.98
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Stereo Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)
Released: January 11th, 2005
MPAA Rating: R (Sexual Content, Language, Teen Suicidal Behavior and Brief Drug Use)
Running Time: 88 minutes
Starring: Jena Malone, Brad Renfro, Chris Mulkey, Michelle Forbes and Clifton Collins Jr.
Written by: Scott Sandoe
Directed by: Jordan Brady