The Girl with Brains in Her Feet (1997)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Period Film, Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In this coming-of-age drama set in England in 1972, Jacqueline Jones (Joanna Ward) is a 13-year-old girl who likes to run track and is teetering, both physically and emotionally, on the verge of adulthood. Jacqueline has a strained relationship with her single mother Vivienne (Amanda Mealing), who doesn't like to discuss Jacqueline's father (or even show her the picture she has of him), and is trying to deal with her new boyfriend Vic (Richard Bremmer). Jacqueline is very curious about sex and eager to lose her virginity, a subject her best friend Maxine (Jodie Smith) seems to know a great deal about. Maxine tries to fix her friend up with the right boy, but Jacqueline soon discovers that her naive enthusiasm about drugs and sex carries greater consequences than she had counted on. The Girl with Brains in Her Feet features a score of period-appropriate hits from such U.K. favorites as Slade and T. Rex.




coming-of-age, drugs, mother, sex, single-parent, teenagers, virgin