A Girl Like Her movie review
Amy Weber’s A Girl Like Her strives to bring the age-old bully-vs-victim empowerment genre to a new light—and surprisingly, in subtle ways, it accomplishes exactly that. Shot in an interesting combo of “found footage” and documentary style, the movie powerfully depicts multiple perspectives surrounding a tragedy in a small town.
When Jessica Burns attempts suicide, rumors start to fly, saying that popular girl Avery bullied her to the point of taking her own life. Jessica’s best friend Brian documented the bullying via hidden cameras. A documentary (within the storyline) is being filmed at the school and tries to uncover the truth of what really happened. The movie’s storytelling takes a turn when the person filming the “documentary” steps in and actually acts as a catalyst for character development. It’s fascinating to see the “documentary” tracking every second of Avery’s confident facade crumbling in the wake of her guilt. One line in the movie stood out to me: “Hurt people hurt people.” Showing Avery’s off-kilter home life rescued her from the cardboard bully stereotype. Another heartbreaking moment was when Jessica’s mother questions Brian why he didn’t show her the footage earlier. His guilt is immediate, and we understand that the toll of the suicide is equally painfully for the best friend and the parents.
The bullying is expected: physical and verbal abuse as well as nasty cyberbullying. However, Jessica’s attempted suicide goes to show that the effects of bullying piles up until students see no way out other than death. It’s a powerful, visceral message A Girl Like Her sends out, for both the bully and the bullied.
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