Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: A group of high school girls unite against a sexually abusive teacher. Features Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimizu.
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Year: 1996
Duration: 102 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Writer: Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth White
Starring: Hedy Burress, Angelina Jolie, Jenny Lewis, Jenny Shimizu, Sarah Rosenberg

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Foxfire

Based loosely on the Joyce Carol Oates novel, Foxfire stars a young Angelina Jolie. Leather-clad Legs (Jolie, Girl Interrupted, Gia, Lara Croft) walks into a high school biology class and unites a group of girls who need to stand up for themselves against a sexually abusive teacher.

After the girls get suspended for beating him up, they meet up with Legs and start some more trouble. There’s Maddy the artist (Hedy Burress, If These Walls Could Talk I); Rita (Jenny Lewis), who lacks self confidence; Violet (Sarah Rosenberg), who lacks respect from others; and Goldie (Jenny Shimizu, The New Women, ‘Ellen’), with a drug addiction – all very different young women who form a bond.

One night after they break into the school, Legs whips off her shirt and gives herself a tattoo above her right breast, and then the rest of the girls follow. Watching her tattoo them all, hand on breast, is quite a sight. Maddy also finds herself falling in love with Legs, trying to decide whether or not to travel with her.

The characters tend to be a little stereotypical, and the plot over the top at points, but it’s still worth a look for a bit of fun. Legs is a great pulp novel kind of character who leads the other girls to self awareness and excitement.

Random fact: Jolie and Shimizu became a couple after meeting on this film. (AB)