All the Real Girls

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All the Real Girls
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Directed byDavid Gordon Green
Produced byJean Doumanian
Lisa Muskat
Screenplay byDavid Gordon Green
Story byDavid Gordon Green
Paul Schneider
StarringPatricia Clarkson
Zooey Deschanel
Paul Schneider
Music byMichael Linnen
David Wingo
CinematographyTim Orr
Edited byZene Baker
Steven Gonzales
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 19, 2003 (2003-01-19) (Sundance)
  • February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14) (United States, limited)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.5 million
Box office$548,712

All the Real Girls is a 2003 American romantic drama film written and directed by David Gordon Green and starring Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Shea Whigham and Patricia Clarkson. It is about the romance between a young, small-town womanizer and his best friend’s sexually inexperienced younger sister. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2003. While the film fared poorly at the box office, it was generally well received by critics and was nominated for several awards when it was shown at film festivals.


Paul is a young womanizer living in a small Southern town, where he earns a living fixing cars for his uncle. Paul still lives with his mother, Elvira, who works as a clown cheering up children at the local hospital. He spends most of his time hanging out with his best friend and self-proclaimed partner-in-crime, Tip, and their friends Bo and Bust-Ass. Among his friends, Paul has a reputation as a ladies' man, but he is not at all known for being involved with long-term relationships; most of Paul's romances last only a few weeks, and he's slept with nearly every girl in town. Paul is beginning to reach a point where he would like to lead a different life, and that feeling becomes all the more clear when he meets Noel, Tip's teenage sister who returns home after attending a boarding school. Noel is more thoughtful and mature than the girls Paul is used to. Paul and Noel soon fall in love, but for Paul this is a different sort of relationship than he's accustomed to — Noel is still a virgin, and her contemplative nature gives him a desire to be a better, stronger person, but Tip does not approve of Paul dating his younger sister, which leads to a rift between these longtime friends.


Actor Role
Paul Schneider Paul
Zooey Deschanel Noel
Shea Whigham Tip
Danny McBride Bust-Ass
Patricia Clarkson Elvira
Benjamin Mouton Uncle Leland
Maurice Compte Bo
Heather McComb Mary-Margaret
Matthew Chapman Strong Bad


The film got mostly positive reviews when it was initially released in 2003; it currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71 out of 100 metascore on Metacritic.[1][2] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times said “Green is 27, old enough to be jaded, but he has the soul of a romantic poet. Wordsworth, after all, was 36 when he published, ‘The Rainbow comes and goes and lovely as the Rose.’ How many guys that age would have that kind of nerve today?” He gave the film a four out of four star rating.[3]

All the Real Girls was a financial failure at the box office. The film was released on February 14, 2003 and played in six theaters, bringing in $39,714 in its opening weekend. By the time it ended its theatrical run on July 10, 2003 it had made back $549,666 of its $2,500,000 budget.[4] The film was nominated for awards at several different film festivals globally. Green was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize but won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival along with Clarkson for her role in the film. Deschanel was nominated for Best Female Lead at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards and Best Actress at the 2004 Mar del Plata Film Festival.[5]


  1. ^ "All the Real Girls Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes.
  2. ^ "All the Real Girls reviews at". Metacritic.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "All the Real Girls". Chicago Sun-Times.
  4. ^ "All the Real Girls (2003)". Boxofficemojo.
  5. ^ "All the Real Girls (2003) - Awards". imdb.

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