Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)

African-American director Leslie Harris's first feature is a slice-of-life examination of a saucy high-school girl's social and sexual dilemmas. Harris's shot her film for $100,000 in seventeen days and won a prize at the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's more of a harbinger of better things to come than a solid achievement in its own right, but it's moving in a fresh, invigorating direction.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What's exciting about this movie is a lot of loose details: frank girl talk about AIDS and birth control, glancing observations about welfare lines and the advantages of a boy with a car over one with subway tokens.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

This jiving, sassy debut draws comparisons with Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It. Harris lacks Lee's wit, but also his cloying romanticism.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is a film to be enjoyed for its individual moments, Ariyan Johnson's winning charm as Chantel and the fact that Harris has put the spotlight on the girls who too often are just bystanders in other inner-city movies.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

What's especially encouraging about Just Another Girl is that in it Leslie Harris demonstrates a genuine knack for capturing on film the sounds and rhythms of adolescence.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It's rough and sometimes raw to visit with, blending sharp insights into the world of inner-city youth with a weakness for melodrama and touches of silly humor. But to see it is to visit a world rarely touched by mainstream movies.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Stylishly shot and fast-paced, its hip-hop soundtrack features a host of women rappers, and its dialogue is heavy with attitude and body punctuation.

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Variety Staff

Although the film is punched up by some energetic cutting and hip-hop music, many dialogue scenes, particularly early on, are badly written and awkwardly staged.

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Yvette Huddleston
Empire Magazine

It's a low-budget winner combining a sharp, protean visual style -- one minute music video, the next cinema verite -- with impudent humour, raw emotion, a thumping good rap soundtrack and some pertinent lessons in choice and responsibility.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
An interesting movie. Good story plot.