Very Young Girls
Very Young Girls (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Jennifer Merin

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An edifying documentary about prostitutes who want to leave "the life" behind.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

[A] heartbreaking look at the trafficking of underage girls in New York City.

Prairie Miller
Critical Women

Sex, Class and Ho Daddies: The criminalization of sexually abused and exploited ghetto girls in scathing documentary.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Joe Leydon

Simply doesn't dig deep enough to generate fresh outrage.

Kam Williams

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?

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Delivers less insight into the psychology of why young girls turn to prostitution than HBO's Hookers.

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