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Thirteen is a 2003 American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed, the film’s co-star. The film also stars Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter. It is a semi-autobiographical film inspired by Reed’s life at age 12 and 13 with Wood’s character “Tracy” being loosely based upon Reed. The script was written in six days and was originally meant to be a comedy. The film caused controversy upon its release, because it dealt with topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, underage sexual behavior and self-mutilation.
Thirteen-year-old Tracy Louise Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood) writes poetry and is an honor student at Portola Middle School in Los Angeles. Her divorced mother Melanie (Holly Hunter) is a recovering alcoholic and high school dropout who struggles as a hairdresser to support her two children, Tracy and older brother Mason (Brady Corbet). At school Tracy is teased by some girls about her “cabbage patch” clothes. Tracy then endeavours to shed her ‘little girl’ image and pleads with her mother to purchase a trendier style of clothing. Melanie buys Tracy new clothes from a discount vendor in a parked van.
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