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All Over Me Review


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The not-entirely-safe streets of New York Hell's Kitchen neighborhood are the setting for All Over Me, a slice of urban teen life that comes across as a bit melodramatic, but then again, what teenager doesn't believe his or her life is full of drama? Sisters Sylvia and Alex Sichel write and direct (respectively) with sensitivity. Working on a shoestring budget, they've created a scary and insular world from which escape will be tough.

Claude (Alison Folland) certainly has issues to contend with. The only child of a man-hungry and alcoholic mother, she's struggling with her weight, her schoolwork, her job at the local pizza parlor, and most notably, her emerging lesbianism. It doesn't help that her super-best friend Ellen (Tara Subkoff) is a bit of train wreck who likes to dabble in the drugs her loutish and violent drug-dealing boyfriend Mark (Cole Hauser) is stringing her out on. Claude tries to cope with the awful fact that she's falling in love with Ellen, while Ellen uses Claude to provide her with reassurance, safety, and even a roof over her head at times. It's what the self-help books call a destructively co-dependent relationship.

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