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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.9/10 (39,878 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed

At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends.

Writers: Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed

Holly Hunter - Melanie Freeland
Evan Rachel Wood - Tracy Freeland
Nikki Reed - Evie Zamora
Jeremy Sisto - Brady
Brady Corbet - Mason Freeland
Ulysses Estrada - Rafa
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright - Medina (as Sarah Blakely-Cartwright)
Jenicka Carey - Astrid
Sarah Clarke - Birdie
Jasmine Di Angelo - Kayla
Tessa Ludwick - Yumi
Kip Pardue - Luke
CeCe Tsou - Businesswoman (as Cece Tsou)
Vanessa Hudgens - Noel
Jamison Yang - Science Teacher

Taglines: They're not little girls anymore


Official Website: official site |

Release Date: 7 November 2003

Filming Locations: 5123 Babcock Avenue, Valley Village, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $116,260 (USA) (24 August 2003) (5 Screens)

Gross: $4,599,680 (USA) (14 December 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The advertisement for Sibul that is shown throughout the movie is named after producer Christina Sibul.

Crew or equipment visible: When Tracy and Evie are in Luke's house, a camera operator is reflected in the pinball machine

[first lines]
Tracy: Hit me. I'm serious, I can't feel anything, hit me! Again, do it harder! I can't feel anything, this is so awesome!

User Review

Proof that the oscars are rigged...

Rating: 10/10

How did Holly Hunter not win that Oscar? Why weren't Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed at least nominated, let alone winners?

I have seen many films in my time, and none have held such great performances as this, and few have spoken to the audience in such a powerful way.

Holly Hunter, who is always superb, outdid herself in the role of Mel, the caring mother who doesn't know when to put a tighter grip on her daughter, Tracy. Her performance is so touching, and so painful that you want to get inside her and show her what she needs to do.

Evan Rachel Wood is outstanding as Tracy, the young girl who so desperately wants to fit in, and will go to any lengths to get that. Wood is always good, but she too has outdone herself, and perfectly nailed the role of Tracy. Not once does she come across as a pretentious actress trying to act like a teen.

Nikki Reed, who was introduced by this film, delivers a performance that is worth the ticket fare alone. Evie is so manipulative, so seductive, and so real that you can't possibly blame Tracy for wanting to be like her.

Whoever it is who decides who gets the Oscars - wake up and realise that you need to award these to the performances, not the actors who wear the nicer dresses!

Thirteen is one of the more powerful pieces of cinema around. The camera probes right into the livers of our protagonists, denying anyone the joy if seeing this grim masterpiece from a safe distance. The soundtrack rocks along to the emotions of the characters. The performances create not only a good film, but a little disturbing slice of life.

Having seen Thirteen, I now understand why people label some films as important. this is certainly one of them.

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