Foxfire

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Foxfire

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Four suburban high-school girls with nothing in common unite behind the tough, leather-clad stranger girl to issue a savage beating to a sexually abusive teacher. When their vigilante gang justice gets them suspended for a few weeks, they begin hanging out together in an abandoned house outside of town and learning the obvious things about life and each other. From the first low shot past the mysterious stranger lady's engineer boots, it's obvious what kind of movie this is going to be—if Foxfire were about misfit teenage boys, "Bad To The Bone" would start playing at that point and never stop. But it's a girls' movie, so there's a lot of conspicuous female bonding involving candles, making art, discussions of sexual awakening, and generalized powerful sisterhood. This is added to the standard misfit landscape in which people wearing letter jackets are evil and the transition between miserable outcast and proud rebel is commemorated with jailhouse tattoos. Of course, the Foxfire girls are challenged eventually: The jocks don't like what's being said about the coach, everyone else is shocked and threatened by girls who think for themselves, and they face a crisis that will change them all forever. Big deal.

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