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  • Summary: At Rock 'n' Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it's OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, whale on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that "it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are." The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by indie-rock chicks such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for more than 700 people. The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction, homelessness, and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. What happens to the girls as they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed, and pressured to conform is truly moving and revolutionary. (Shadow Distribution) Expand
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  1. The film is a hopeful, rollicking, rocking, humorous, heartbreaking journey.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.
  3. A must-see both for girls and the grownups who love them.
  4. In one slender documentary codirectors Shane King and Arne Johnson accomplish what Hollywood routinely bungles: incisively depicting the inner lives of complicated young females.
  5. Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
  6. As the camera follows four campers in a Portland, Ore., rock school for girls, the result is less a journey than a collage of random thoughts, circumstances and events. There's plenty of telling, but not enough showing.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    40
    While the camp is all about liberation, the film hews to a predictable doc template and comes off as a drag.

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  1. AdamV
    Apr 25, 2008
    7
    Girls Rock! It's not incredible documentary film making, but the subjects are funny and interesting. The final concert scene is great.

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