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"I'm not a bad person."

  • Dec 19, 2008
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Lee (Charlize Theron) was terribly abused as a child and has been a prostitute since the age of 13. Desperate and lonely, she meets a young lesbian named Selby and the two become inseparable. They need money to start a new life together, so Lee does the only work she knows, only now she uses a gun.

This true story of a woman who killed seven men for their money and cars is extremely brutal and depressing. Theron is unrecognizable as the hardened killer and gives a heartbreaking and unforgettable performance. The film doesn't excuse her behavior, it explains it; the result is a movie that is shocking and yet brought tears to my eyes. This is a woman who had no one to help her, no place to go, and she survived day-to-day by taking what she needed. Christina Ricci is also very good playing Lee's naive and dependent girlfriend, Selby.

This frightening portrait of a lost soul has so much ugliness that I had to fast-forward past a few scenes. The acting is top-notch, however, and Theron rightly won the Oscar for Best Actress. A sad and unforgettable movie.

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January 27, 2009
You probably wouldn't want to see the excellent documentary AILEEN WOURNOS: SELLING OF A SERIAL KILLER if this was too much for you. Or maybe you would. Its very sad and you can't help but feel sorry for her as everyone betrays her or uses her for their own purposes-from the good Christian woman who adopts her while she's on trial to her ineffectual lawyer to the cops selling their story to Hollywood.
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Starring Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Writer:  Patty Jenkins

Product Description
A shockingly moving film that burrows deep beneath the tabloid-sized headline stories of aileen wuornos the man-hating serial killer executed last year in florida. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 02/28/2006 Starring: Charlize Theron Bruce Dern Run time: 108 minutes Rating: R
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer

Won Oscar. Another 16 wins & 13 nominations
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 24, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 49min
Studio: Media 8 Entertainment
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