Odd Girl Out
|Odd Girl Out|
|Directed by||Tom McLoughlin|
|Produced by||Randi Richmond|
|Screenplay by||Matthew McDuffie|
|Based on||Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
by Rachel Simmons
Shari Dyon Perry
|Release date||April 4, 2005|
Odd Girl Out is a 2005 drama telefilm starring Alexa Vega, Lisa Vidal, Elizabeth Rice, Alicia Morton, Leah Pipes, Shari Dyon Perry, Joey Nappo, and Chad Faget. First aired April 4, 2005 on Lifetime, the film is based on the book Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons. It sheds light onto the topic of girls' hostility and bullying.
Vanessa Snyder (Alexa Vega) is an admired eighth grader in her school. She has a loving single mother, Barbara (Lisa Vidal), who is proud of her well-placed daughter. Vanessa is also "in" with the popular clique, which consists of her best friend Stacy Larson (Leah Pipes), the queen bee, and Nikki Rodriguez (Elizabeth Rice), who is secretly jealous of the bond between her two friends. On the exterior of the circle is the outsider, Emily (Shari Dyon Perry), and the wannabe, Tiffany Thompson (Alicia Morton), who is dying to make it into the group.
One day, Nikki tricks Vanessa into getting close to Tony (Chad Biagini), a boy whom Stacy (and somewhat Vanessa) has a crush on. A web of lies, nasty rumors, and manipulation ensues, and Vanessa is ostracized by the clique for "backstabbing" Stacy. Nikki gets Tiffany accepted into the clique, and Tiffany becomes Nikki's sidekick at bullying. Although Nikki is the main bully, Stacy plays her part by pretending she's still Vanessa's friend and not stopping the attacks. Vanessa is slowly pushed out of class activities, socially isolated and her tormentors create a "Hating Vanessa" website that bashes her.
Although Emily tries to convince Vanessa not to go running back to the clique, Vanessa keeps attempting to seek reconciliation with Stacy, to disastrous results. One day, Vanessa tries to sit with the girls at lunchtime, but they will not let her sit with them. After being rejected, Vanessa slams her lunch tray on the table, runs off into the girls' bathroom, and hides inside one of the stalls. The girls follow her in there and spend several minutes verbally assaulting her until she cries. That night, Vanessa has a nervous breakdown and chops most of her hair off because several of the girls insulted her hair while she was hiding in the bathroom. Then she starts skipping school, fearing the agony in the hallways. Stacy offers a fake truce to Vanessa, making it look like Vanessa copied one of Stacy's assignments when it was in fact vice versa.
Once Barbara sees printed-out disdainful comments on Vanessa's hair, she tries to help by informing the school about the bullying, to no avail as they're unable to take disciplinary action against verbal abuse. Barbara even tries to talk to Stacy's mother, Denise (Rhoda Griffis) but only ends up straining their friendship.
Vanessa's spirits are suddenly lifted when she is invited to Stacy's birthday party. She and her mother arrive at a nightclub that Stacy had claimed to be the location of the party, but it turns out that there was no party at all. After returning home, Vanessa goes ballistic, destroys her room, and later takes an overdose of her mother's sleeping pills, causing her to pass out on the bathroom floor. A few minutes later, Barbara soon discovers this and immediately calls an ambulance. As Vanessa is being put into the ambulance a boy from her school records the incident. Vanessa is taken to the hospital and treated.
In the hospital, Barbara reveals to her daughter that she was also bullied when she was a teenager, which caused her to encourage Vanessa to stay friends with Stacy. She says that she never dealt with it personally and wished that Vanessa would stand up for herself. Nikki and Tiffany insult Vanessa even after she attempts suicide; they watch a video of her being taken to the hospital and call her a "druggie and a pathetic loser". During a class session, Emily accuses Stacy of nearly killing Vanessa by her actions. She is also the only one of Vanessa's classmates to visit her in the hospital and befriend her. Back home, Barbara spots malicious instant messages popping up on Vanessa's computer and sends them to the school principal. The culprits, Nikki, Tiffany, and a boy named Ezra (Joey Nappo) are told by the principal that a new policy against verbal bullying is now being enforced at the school after what happened to Vanessa. She tells them that if they don't admit that they have been cyberbullying Vanessa, they would be expelled and not graduate.
When Vanessa returns to school, Stacy convinces her that she's sorry about the bullying, reuniting them both. They IM each other about how great it is to be best friends again. Then graduation day comes and the final dispute happens after the ceremony, Nikki and Tiffany derisively read the chat between Vanessa and Stacy, which Stacy had sent to Nikki, who printed it out, aloud in the crowded hallway. Vanessa confronts Stacy in front of the whole class, bringing everything down on her and sees right through her offer of false friendship. Humiliated, Stacy flees the school in tears and her two "henchwomen", Nikki and Tiffany, are left powerless without a leader. The class applauds Vanessa as she hugs Emily, her only true friend. Barbara, who has witnessed the whole exchange, watches with pride as the two friends leave for an after-party, permanently disbanding the bullying clique.
- Alexa Vega as Vanessa Snyder
- Lisa Vidal as Barbara Snyder
- Leah Pipes as Stacy Larson
- Elizabeth Rice as Nikki Rodriguez
- Shari Dyon Perry as Emily
- Alicia Morton as Tiffany Thompson
- Joey Nappo as Ezra
- Rhoda Griffis as Denise Larson
- Nancy McLoughlin as Ms. Donnely
- Morg Moorer as Principal Jessup
- Chad Biagini as Tony
- Micheal Arata as Dave Larson
- Natalie Rose as Natalie Zamora
- Odd Girl Out at the Internet Movie Database
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