Going Crazy over Girls

There's a crowd of movies about teenage females out this summer. Some are sweet, and others tart

What are little girls made of? Well, you can pretty much forget sugar and spice or anything remotely hinting at nice nowadays. If we are to believe the movie Thirteen (and why shouldn't we, since co-star Nikki Reed, 15, co-wrote the film?), we would have to think navel rings, tongue studs and multiple forms of self-abuse, ranging from girls' cutting themselves with knives to getting their girlfriends to kayo them with roundhouse punches. Even Annabell (Lindsay Lohan), the teen queen of Freaky Friday, an agreeable sitcom masquerading as a movie, sports a pierced tummy button.

These are kids with enough disposable...

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