White Oleander

Young Astrid is very close to her single mother (Michelle Pfieffer) whose free-spirited, semi-man-hating lifestyle is all well and good until her mother's married boyfriend is shot. When Astrid's mother goes to prison for the murder, Astrid is left bouncing around foster care and increasingly wondering if her mother's parenting was really very good in the first place. She lives with all different types of families from Born-again Christians to posh to a youth detention center. As she grows older, she recognizes how her mother's manipulative personality has caused her most all of her life's grief. She is forced to really soul search and is left with more questions than answers, including why her mother committed the murder.

Continuity mistake: When Astrid and Claire visit Ingrid in prison, two kids are seen running towards them from behind. Before the camera angle changes from facing Astrid, both kids are still behind her. However, when it shows the backside of Claire and Ingrid in the next shot, the two kids have already passed all three of them. (01:06:25)

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Astrid: Looks don't interest me.
Paul: That's easy for you to say, you've never been ugly.

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Trivia: The prison scenes were all shot the same day, for security reasons. (It is almost unheard-of for an occupied, running prison to allow filming.) This shows the real talent of Allison Lohman, the only character to be in every scene of the movie, by showing her ability to age from 13 to 18 in the five hours the filming was allowed.

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