Day Twenty- Eight Films, Rishon Films,

Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade

Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) is a 16 year old runaway teen. She’s pregnant and has had a very hard life. Her father and mother did not stay together, and her mother is a drug addict and very abusive. About all she cares about Apple is the money she gets from welfare and her excitement about the coming baby is that she’ll get more drug money. Apple has been shoved from foster home to foster home and abused in every way and is very tough on the surface. She heads out on her way to find her father, Tom (Brendan Frasier) now a successful Wall Street broker. She hopes to find out why he abandoned her. But when they find out she is pregnant, and wants to keep the child, she has to leave her father’s home and is back on her own. This is a story of pain and suffering as well as love and redemption, but it’s a factual story without preaching or trying to teach us a lesson. It’s up to us what we take from this.

Vanessa Hudgens is doing her best to try to shake her Disney Channel image, and I’m sure it was a calculated move to accept this role. In fact, I’d be surprised if she didn’t chase the role down. I wasn’t sure how she’d be able to handle this heavy a role that is so out of character for her. I was impressed with her work here, but I must say I’m not sure that she is quite ready for this much of a bad girl role. I’m not sure she totally pulled it off. Don’t get me wrong, this was a reasonable story and it was well designed. I could feel her pain, and Rosario Dawson who played her Mother was awesome. But if I was looking for a flaw in this story, it would be that Brendon Frasier and Vanessa Hudgens were both a little bit too lightweight to pull this off. The story is so strong, that it kind of makes up for that, so it’s still worth watching. But it does have an After-School Special TV movie feel rather than a Hollywood blockbuster. That may explain why it didn’t do well. Seeing Vanessa playing a bad ass is not enough reason to go out to the theater for this film. But it was worth the rental. This is certainly not a must see, but it was worth the time and effort to watch it on DVD.

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