Erica Abeel: Hick: A Ground-Breaking Film About a Teen Girl as You've Never Seen Her
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Hick, the acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, features one of the freshest, catchiest voices in recent fiction. The voice belongs to Luli, the 13-year-old daughter of a pair of lushes in Nowhere Nebraska, and it's funny, trashy, snarky, outrageous -- a great yawp from the heartland that rings heart-breakingly true. Now Hick is about to hit the big screen, and since an early sighting at the Toronto film fest last year, it's been generating controversy, in part because this story of an underage girl includes violence, implied rape, drugs, even murder.
A dark variation on the road movie, Hick (directed by Derick Martini of Lymelife) opens on the 13th birthday of Luli (up-and-coming Chloë Moretz) in her parents' bar surrounded by other pickled losers. Among Luli's gifts is a .45 Smith & Wesson. After mom (trash queen Juliette Lewis) runs off with a sugar daddy and her father disappears as well, Luli -- flat-out abandoned -- decides to hit the road for Las Vegas to find a sug
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