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Girlhood and Honeytrap movie(s) review: mean girl streets

by MaryAnn Johanson

Girlhood Honeytrap green lights

Two films about poor black teen girls offer harrowing — and very universal — portraits of how our culture tries to crush the spirit out of all girls.
I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

both films first viewed during the 58th BFI London Film Festival


See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Girlhood for its representation of girls and women.


Girlhood (Bande de filles) (2015)
green light 5 stars

Honeytrap (2015)
green light 4.5 stars

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Girlhood (Bande de filles) (2015)
US/Canada release date: Jan 30 2015 | UK release date: May 08 2015

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language, violence, drug use)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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Honeytrap (2015)
US/Canada release date: Sep 23 2016 | UK release date: May 08 2015

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: rated 18 (strong sex, violence, drug use)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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