Growing up tales have long been a well-liked movie subgenre. While many movies of that kind have cheerful, touching conclusions, there are plenty that highlight the darker aspects of growing up and what might happen if you make too many mistakes. Thirteen, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown”), is one of the more somber teen dramas of recent years. Nikki Reed played the lead in the movie and co-wrote the script, which was partially based on her personal experiences.
Tracy Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood), a 13-year-old “nice kid,” is the main character of “Thirteen.” Her mother Melanie (Holly Hunter), who is battling her own issues, frequently goes overlooked by her daughter’s sadness. Tracy is immediately pulled into a world of small-time crime, narcotics, and hazardous conduct when she meets and befriends the popular Evie Zamora (Reed).
Evie Betrays Tracy – Thirteen Scene
The movie is moderately distressing overall since it shows young teenagers in adult circumstances, but it also acts as a warning because anybody might end up going down a bad road. The conclusion of “Thirteen” also differs from the ones we typically see in coming-of-age stories since it doesn’t provide any resolutions.
We have to speculate as to Tracy’s future location.
There is no sense of closure for Tracy or her mother Melanie at the end of “Thirteen,” which is disturbing. Brooke (Deborah Kara Unger), Evie’s legal guardian, accuses Tracy of starting the issue when Melanie, Evie, and Brooke (Deborah Kara Unger) approach Tracy about the trouble the teens have been getting into. They depart, and Tracy tears on the floor as Melanie attempts to console her as Brooke threatens to relocate the two cities with Evie. They fall asleep in Tracy’s room, and as the film comes to a close, we see Tracy dejectedly riding a spinning park attraction before yelling.
The conclusion might represent Tracy’s mental confusion, her lack of control over her life, or even her bottled-up resentment. It doesn’t provide solutions, though. Will Tracy tell Melanie all that has transpired over the past few months? Will Tracy receive the assistance she needs? What will happen to Evie? We are left to speculate as to what the future may bring, which serves as a reminder that nothing is ever certain in real life. All we can do is hope that everything works out for the best for everyone concerned.
Nikki Reed was impacted by 13 throughout her life.
Some people believed Reed’s life was much more difficult than it appeared to be since she drew inspiration for the film in part from her own experiences. In 2012, Reed acknowledged that she could have been too harsh in her portrayal of her family. She said, “I am really sorry for that. My family really struggled with “Thirteen.” I wrote this movie about them, their shortcomings, their defects, and growing up. As you age, you begin to wonder, “How could I depict my father as an utterly vacuous reckless schmuck?” from HuffPost.
In particular, in some aspects of their contentious relationship, Reed utilized her mother as an influence on Melanie, Tracy’s mother. The New York Daily News was the recipient of her regrets, which she conveyed by saying, “The world cannot be defended by my mother. She has such a big heart and is such a beautiful woman. I stepped over a rather fine line. I thought it would be fantastic to depict everyone’s life narrative on TV, so I took it. I felt terrible for my selfish behavior. I’m really sorry.”
Fortunately, her parents were able to pardon her.
In a separate interview with HuffPost, Reed stated, “Now I have a terrific relationship with both my parents.
I suppose having a pot of forgiveness ready for your child is a must when you sign up to be a parent.