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Friday, August 22, 2003
'Thirteen'

Sex, drugs, scandal, and rebellion: they're the pressures of adolescence and every parent's nightmare. Now the new drama "Thirteen" is tackling these monsters head on.

Oscar winner Holly Hunter struggles as her 13-year-old daughter, played by Evan Rachel Wood, starts running with the wrong crowd and discovers life a little too fast.

Holly says, "She wants to have compassion, she wants to understand, she wants to relate. She doesn't want to judge and at some point boundaries get lost."

And the boundaries were definitely lost for Wood as she graduated from her near perfect teen role on "Once and Again" to play the rebellious adolescent. Wood says, "Once and Again" was still pretty real and dealt with real issues that teens are going through, but "Thirteen" definitely took it to the limit."

But Wood says even harder than adjusting to her new role was thinking about watching her performance with her father. She says, "No way, it was bad enough the first time I had to see it. I had to sit next to my mother and that was so uncomfortable. I couldn't even imagine watching it with my dad."

Come grow with "Thirteen," in theaters now.

And one of the most amazing things about this movie is that it was co-written by a thirteen-year-old girl, who said she based the controversial characters on her own teenage friends.

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