“No one likes a dirty girl.”
Danielle’s principal delivers those harsh words after the she is kicked out of class for asking about the pull-out method in the middle of an abstinence lecture. Judging by the notes other boys from her high school pass her, the principal doesn’t have a clue. Some people obviously like her just fine. Writer and director Abe Sylvia’s Dirty Girl (now available on DVD from The Weinstein Company) successfully drives home the point that this principal is missing: dirty girls (or closeted boys, mean girls, fat kids, etc.) often do not like themselves and once they deal with the self-loathing and anger trapped inside, they become who they really want to be. Then, what other people prefer ceases to matter.