Okay, to be perfectly honest I've been pretty busy putting together all these Rocktober posts and kind of ran out of time to write up a new Triskaidekaphilia entry for this month. But fear not! I've had this piece in reserve for just such an occasion. Since the Las Vegas Weekly online archives now only go back to late 2003, my original review of Thirteen is no longer available online. So here's my take on the movie that ran in print in Las Vegas Weekly on September 18, 2003, now reproduced for online posterity:
The premise is as basic as any made-for-TV drama: Good girl Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) meets bad girl Evie (Nikki Reed). Evie introduces Tracy to drugs, alcohol, shoplifting and sexual experimentation, alienating her from her wholesome friends and her hard-working hairdresser single mother (Holly Hunter). It’s a standard cautionary tale, albeit one with striking performances and a gritty, jittery style courtesy of director and co-writer Catherine Hardwicke. The other writer on the film is co-star Reed, now 15, but only the titular age when she concocted the story, reportedly based on events in her own life.