Very Young Girls
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Director David Schisgall addresses the sensitive topic of underage prostitution in New York City with this sobering documentary detailing the stories of several unsuspecting girls who fell prey to the city's vicious and manipulative pimps. As hopeless as the girls' situations may seem, however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of former prostitute Rachel Lloyd. The founder of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS), Lloyd is committed to ensuring that the youth of today avoid making the same mistakes that she did when she was lured into the sordid world of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Adopting a confessional, direct-to-camera interview style for most of its running time, this unvarnished vérité documentary about teenage prostitutes in New York City resolutely resists the urge to dramatize. The heartbreaking stories are drama enough."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Simply doesn't dig deep enough to generate fresh outrage."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Should we really be surprised about this explosion in human trafficking in the ghetto when it has been celebrated for over a decade in every other gangsta' video?"
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
"Delivers less insight into the psychology of why young girls turn to prostitution than HBO's Hookers."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"This fly-on-the-wall doc about underage prostitution and the efforts of NYC outreach worker Rachel Lloyd to help girls leave the life is flawed but profoundly disturbing."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"The film brings the painful plight of teenage prostitutes to light, refrains from inflicting any degree of blame or shame on them and points to ways they can reclaim their lives."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"An edifying documentary about prostitutes who want to leave "the life" behind."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"More of a direct-to-Lifetime Network quality."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"[A] heartbreaking look at the trafficking of underage girls in New York City."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Sex, Class and Ho Daddies: The criminalization of sexually abused and exploited ghetto girls in scathing documentary."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"Even with too many annoying bleeped names and obscenities, in their own ways and words, these girls honestly tell their backstories that are individual yet of a piece."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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