Dirty Girl

genre Comedy
director Abe Sylvia
writer Abe Sylvia
producers rob paris, jana edelbaum, rachel cohen
executive producers Ed Hart, Joan Huang, Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley, Cyril Mégret, christine vachon, daniel crown, bob weinstein, harvey weinstein
cast Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw, Jeremy Dozier
country us
production status Completed
running time 89min
year 2011
us distribution Weinstein Co.

Dirty Girl

Some girls are born dirty


Everyone remembers their high school Dirty Girl. Every high school has one, and Danielle is the Dirty Girl of Norman High. The year is 1987; the place is Norman, Oklahoma and floral print jeans and abstinence are all the rage. When Danielle’s outrageous behaviour gets her banished to Special Ed, she meets Clarke, a shy, gay closet- case with no friends. Forced together for a school project, they become unwilling and unfit parents to a bag of flour called “Joan”. Danielle is determined to get to LA to find the father she has never met. Clarke is desperate to escape being sent to military school by his homophobic dad. So, with no money but propelled by a glorious 80s soundtrack, the dysfunctional little family sets off for California to flee the small town that has kept them both from being their true selves.

cast and crew

Dirty Girl stars Juno Temple (Cracks, Year One, Atonement) as “dirty girl”, Danielle. Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, Zoolander) co-stars as her hopeless “reformed slut” mother Sue-Ann, William H. Macy (Fargo) as Sue-Ann’s easily shockable Mormon fiancé Ray, Oscar®-winner Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers) as Peggy, Clarke’s mousy mother, country and western music star Dwight Yoakam as Clarke’s homophobic father Joseph, three time Grammy award-winning country music star Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) as Danny and introducing Jeremy Dozier as Clarke.

Abe Sylvia, a former broadway dancer (including two years in Cats) and choreographer, retrained as a writer and director at UCLA film school where he won a slew of awards including Jack Nicholson’s Director Award. with a body of award-winning shorts plus commercials for Svedka Vodka, Coca-Cola, and Chrysler under his belt, Dirty Girl, which he also wrote, is his first feature. to view a selection of Abe’s work please visit www.abesylvia.com

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