Despite all odds, this story of an unwanted, homeless, pregnant teenage girl (Vanessa Hudgens) fighting off the world in order to live her life her way earns itself some narrative respect. That’s because filmmaker Ron Krauss damps down the most obvious pathos and instead focuses the considerable heat on Hudgens’ role as sixteen-year-old Apple, on the run from her hellish drug addict mother (Rosario Dawson) and afraid of trusting her birth father (Brendan Fraser), a rich businessman. Actors Hudgens, Dawson, Fraser, James Earl Jones, and Ann Dowd all contribute movingly realistic performances. Who says social problem pics have to be simple-minded and maudlin? Krauss (Amexica) writes and directs (100 min.).
Director: Ron Krauss
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco