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New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises' Juno Temple

by Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
July 2, 2011 8:25 AM
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Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein has returned to the editing room on several films in Weinstein Co.'s promising fall line-up, from Madonna's W.E., The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn to Toronto pick-up Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. TWC released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.

Soon after Dirty Girl premiered in Toronto, Weinstein helped Sylvia to tighten the film to broaden its appeal, pulling it from its planned berth in Berlin. TWC confirms that the re-edited 90-minute version, which Sylvia loves, won the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at this summer's Provincetown Film Festival and will play OutFest in L.A. this month. TWC will release the new edit October 7 in U.S. theaters.

Thompson on Hollywood

Temple plays the Dirty Girl of the title, raucous, raunchy, and rebellious, who befriends a pudgy, closeted gay teen in small-town Oklahoma. Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy are her parents. Temple, who nabbed attention for playing a manipulative sister in Atonement, as well as pop-out roles in Cracks and Greenberg, will also appear in The Three Musketeers and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Inspired partly by his experiences growing up, Sylvia told indieWIRE that Danielle is based on a girl from his high school called “Dirty Debbie.” Although she wasn't as bright as Temple's character--she was in his 7th grade class at age 16--he remembers her boundless confidence and self-assurance. The first scene of the film, where Temple runs across the parking lot, is inspired directly from Sylvia's memory of his own Dirty Girl.

[Dirty Girl image courtesy of The Weinstein Company.]

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  • mary | July 3, 2011 6:55 AMReply

    Correction (for the wrong link in my previous post):

    Sorry.... here is correct link of the website of Provincetown Film Festival. The site states the the running time of “Dirty Girl” is 109 minutes (very similar to this film’s TIFF version)

    Here is the official site of Outfest, which states that the film’s running time is only 90 minutes (much shorter than this film’s TIFF version)

    Maybe TWC still don’t know what to do with “Dirty Girl”, so they decided to ‘test’ two different versions in two different film festivals?

  • mary | July 3, 2011 6:50 AMReply

    Thank you, bobbysue.

    I just check the website of Provincetown Film Festival. The site states the the running time of "Dirty Girl" is 109 minutes (very similar to this film's TIFF version), so Provincetown Film Festival probably did show the original version.
    However, the offical site of Outfest states that the film's running time is only 90 minutes, so Outfest will probably show the 'new' version that Harvey Weinstein edited.

    Maybe TWC still don't know what to do with "Dirty Girl", so they decided to 'test' different versions in different film festivals? Anyway, it is not a good sign for "Dirty Girl".

  • bobbysue | July 3, 2011 6:34 AMReply

    and for the record, the version of the film that screened in Ptown and won the audience award was the same version that screened in Toronto...not a "new" version that weinstein cut. Some people should just keep their scissors in their desks; this movie is great and didn't need no tinkerin' with.

  • mary | July 3, 2011 3:06 AMReply

    Sorry for being an ass.... But you need to check your facts, Tim Nasson.
    "Dirty Girl" was actually pushed back by TWC on last Thursday, not a week ago.

    It is strange. Because TWC had already booked several theaters to open "Dirty Girl" on 8/5/2011 (many of those treaters aren't in LA and NY).

  • Anne Thompson | July 2, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    I reported the date change myself. Arrgh. Fixed. This is one more reminder that IMDb is NOT always up-to-date.

  • Alonso Duralde | July 2, 2011 11:11 AMReply

    L.A. folks who want an early look at DIRTY GIRL can check out this just-announced Outfest preview screening:

  • Tim Nasson | July 2, 2011 10:24 AMReply

    Check your facts. The movie was actually pushed back to October 7, 2011, by TWC, over a week ago, and if you really were wildaboutmovies, you'd know that TWC are renowned for shuffling their titles more than any other major studio, so the OCT 7, release date most likely won't even happen.

  • Nino | July 2, 2011 10:13 AMReply

    Juno is also starring in this upcoming inde that was announced at Cannes: "The Brass Teapot"

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