Dirty Girl Movie Review
Juno Temple stars as the title character in the R-rated drama comedy Dirty Girl, about a rebellious, sex-loving teen who goes on a road trip with an awkward, overweight and homosexual friend, both seeking to change their less-than-ideal circumstances. Unfortunately, Dirty Girl lingers too long in that no man's land between drama and comedy, and instead offers little of either.
Temple turns in a fine performance as the spunky, sexy and snarky Danielle. She's had a variety of small roles in films ranging from Atonement to Cracks, but Dirty Girl is the first time where she really gets to flex her muscles and show what she's capable of. Dripping with sexuality and simultaneously fragility (which feeds into the sexuality), she is fun to watch.
Even if Dirty Girl as a whole isn't.
The movie isn't bad as much as it is forgettable. It sparks interest at times as Jeremy Dozier, who co-stars as Clarke, also turns in a fine performance as a kid who has suffered years of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his father, and from guilt about his own sexual orientation. Dirty Girl is a unique coming-of-age movie in this regard, something that should be rewarded for its different approach and story.
And yet I lost interest after the first act and never found it again. The situations the protagonists encounter should be compelling but aren't, a series of convenient moments that are okay on their own but don't, when paired together, amount to a whole lot.
Dirty Girl has its highlights, but strong performances from Juno Temple and Jeremy Dozier aren't able to overcome the movie's surprisingly flat delivery.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.