Thirteen

Question: Evie pretends that she can't go home because Brooke is out of town. She says that Brooke sent Mel an email about it. Why doesn't Mel call her out on this lie, and make her go home? Mel says "I guess I didn't check my email", but it sounds like she is also pretending.

Question: Did Evie actually love Tracy or was she just using her the whole time? Did she actually want to be friends with her?

Answer: Tracy acted like she had done everything Evie did before. She pretended she was already bad to become friends with them, so Evie thought she had found someone who was like her. Evie was definitely also in love with Tracy, but was also jealous since Tracy had a family who loved her. She wanted that. Yes she used Tracy, but she also cared about her.

I don't think Evie was romantically in love with Tracy. It was more about her wanting to *be* Tracy, with a mother like Tracy's. Also, she seemed to know that Tracy was only pretending to be "bad." I think Tracy's innocence made Evie sad, because there was a time when Evie was more like her.

Question: I read that Evan Rachel Wood's character, Tracy, is supposed to be Nikki Reed at the age when she was having the experiences that Tracy went through. Was the character Evie based on a girl that Nikki knew in real life?

Answer: I think the question was asking if Nikki had a friend like Evie in real life. I've often wondered that myself, but haven't been able to find an answer.

Answer: Nikki Reed said in an interview that Tracy was loosely based off herself, however she regretted how she portrayed her dad in the film but now they have mended their relationship.

Answer: No, the screenplay was based on Nikki Reed herself.

Question: I wanted to clarify the question I submitted about why Tracy starts starving herself. I know that many girls starve for different reasons, but I thought she was being influenced by Evie and wanted to copy her. Why did she starve herself if Evie wasn't? Evie normally ate the food that Tracy's mom cooked.

Answer: I think what started it was her tongue piercing. She didn't want to eat cause it would hurt and her mom would notice.

Answer: Tracy is more than likely just trying to look as skinny as Evie, even though Tracy is clearly thinner than she is. Also, it could be a result from drugs or angst.

Question: In the scene when we first see Tracy cutting herself, what was Mel's boyfriend doing in the flashback?

Answer: Pretty sure he was smoking crack on a pop/beer can.

Answer: He was doing drugs, most likely either cocaine or crystal meth.

Answer: She calls him a f-ing cokehead later in the movie when he's about to change her sheets, so probably cocaine.

Question: Does anyone know what the scene with the chicken is all about? Where did the chicken come from, and is it supposed to represent anything?

Krista

Chosen answer: If you watch the commentary on the movie they discuss this, they explain that the guy who played the mom's boyfriend came up to them and just started doing that thing with the chicken and they thought it was funny so they put it in the movie.

Question: When Tracy finds her mom's boyfriend's clothes in the laundry, what is she talking about when she says that her mom promised her and Mason something?

Answer: Her mom had promised that her boyfriend was only coming for dinner and was not going to stay with them anymore, and when Tracy found his clothes in the laundry, that shows that he stayed the night and that she had broken her promise.

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Question: Why does Tracy start starving herself?

Answer: Young girls starve themselves for a variety of reasons. Many are insecure and have unrealistic expectations of how their bodies should look and stop eating to lose as much weight as possible. For others it a combination of trying to be thin, having something in their lives that they alone can control, an an act of rebellion, and so on. This often develops into a real disease called anorexia that needs medical treatment.

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Continuity mistake: When Evie and Tracy go to the park, they walk down a stretch of grass, after Evie makes a drug sale. She stops two guys to make another sale. As she stops them, there is a boy with a helmet and skateboard running behind them. The shot then cuts to a close-up and suddenly the boy is standing next to the two guys. Then the shot cuts again, and the boy is running behind them again. (00:20:35)

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Tracy: He was crippled, but only his body was cracked. It's not simple, nor is it an easy matter to explain. "Let's just leave it at that," she says and closes the holy book of lies. She covers her eyes, denying to herself what she thought happened.

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Trivia: On the side of the skating ramp is a big graffiti '13', subtly hidden. (00:20:10)

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