GIRL (2020) Reviews and overview

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Girl is a 2020 American thriller film about a young woman who returns to her small hometown intent on killing her abusive father. However, she discovers that someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she uncovers a family legacy more dangerous than she’d imagined.

Written, directed and co-starring Chad Faust, the Fella Films-Trilight Entertainment production also stars Bella Thorne (The Amityville Horror: Awakening, Keep Watching, Assassination Nation), Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2; Sin City; Angel Heart), Lanette Ware (Taken) and Elizabeth Saunders (IT). Produced by Thomas Michael, Shayne Putzlocher and Sara Shaak.


Girl premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 25th 2020.

In the USA, Screen Media is releasing Girl theatrically in select locations on November 20th 2020 before a VOD release on November 24th.


“The story is lean and straightforward, yet never quite felt whole. It has a lot of great pieces but didn’t connect in the way I was hoping. That being said, the good outweighs the bad, and Thorne gives it her all (minus a very flaky southern accent) and holds her own against a heavyweight like Rourke.” Arrow in the Head

” …Faust creates the perfect middle-of-nowhere setting 2020for this involving thriller. With great performances from the film’s cleverly cast leads, a dose of intense violence, and enough emotional heft to balance all the plot twists, Girl is well worth seeking out.” Bad Feeling Magazine

Girl may get put through the physical and emotional wringer, but Faust eschews neo-noir convention by weaving in a thread of hope. Though it ultimately amounts to a routine revenge thriller, Faust coaxes impressive acting from his leads and demonstrates skillful promise for future efforts.” Bloody Disgusting

“Faust’s take on the woman-centric gritty thriller does great work in visual aesthetic and tone, but by focusing the narrative to make the titular Girl the object of the men’s violence instead of a subject managing violence, the film falls flat.” CGM Backlot

“The threadbare plot and sometimes cringey dialogue make for an overall forgettable experience, but the cinematography by Kristofer Bonnell and occasional moments of poignancy, like its surprisingly sweet final scene, prevent Girl from veering completely off the rails.” Film Pulse

“There just wasn’t enough of a sense of fear for the lead. I’ve seen similar efforts, and those just hit those grim points more and made you feel a real sense of danger. It had some spots that stood out more than others, but I wasn’t too blown away by it.” Gamer Headquarters

Girl is an action thriller that asks us to look at ourselves and our connection to the past. When Girl goes on her journey for revenge, we soon learn its true meaning: a painful quest for closure. Following Girl, viewers become aware that she isn’t looking for a violent end. Rather, she is searching for an understanding of why she had been denied the life she wanted.” Killer Horror Critic

“Besides being a taught thriller, Girl also delivers as a coming of age story and a tale of people trying to break the cycle of abuse. Faust balances the drama, action (the scenes of violence are well choreographed and, fittingly, uneasy to watch), and mystery well…” The Scariest Things

Cast and characters:

Bella Thorne … Girl
Mickey Rourke … Sheriff
Chad Faust … Charmer
Lanette Ware … Betty
Elizabeth Saunders … Mama
Glen Gould … Barkeep
Michael Lipka … Town F*ck Up
Paolo Mancini … Mechanic
John Clifford Talbot … Daddy
Rasneet Kaur … Tina (archive footage)
Tia Lavallee … Mother
Emma-Leigh Cullum … Daughter

Filming locations:

Northern Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

92 minutes


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