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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 19 June 2006
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writer:

Shelley Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Sylvia Guerrero
JD Pardo ... Eddie
Lupe Ontiveros ... Mami
Henry Darrow ... Papi
Corey Stoll ... Joey Marino
Leela Savasta ... Chita Araujo
Avan Jogia ... Danny Araujo
Jacqueline Samuda ... Angie
Zak Santiago ... Carlos Guerrero
Jay Brazeau ... Defense Attorney
Hrothgar Mathews ... Prosecutor
Marilyn Norry ... Dr. Martin
Tegan Moss ... Lisa
Michael Dillman Michael Dillman ... Eddie (7 Years)
Nicole Muñoz ... Chita (10 Years)
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Storyline

Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom's makeup and wearing her mom's clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom's eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. Written by r2k443

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He was just who she was.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Details

Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Girl: The Gwen Araujo Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Avan Jogia's first acting role. See more »

Goofs

The defense attorney noted that Joey had punched a wall and broke his hand after Sylvia had told him that Gwen was not really a female. A day or two after Sylvia tells him, a drunken Gwen walks along the fence of the construction site in which Joey was working; Joey walks up to the fence and you can clearly tell that none of his hands looked damaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Guerrero: [in court, in tears] I don't need you to tell me what society does to people. They beat her for five hours, they tied her up and strangled her, and then they buried her in the field, and then they went and had breakfast in a diner and ate pancakes. And you think that I should excuse them? Shame on you. I blame them! I blame them... every day!
[Sylvia leaves in anger as the whole court claps for her]
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Soundtracks

Hey Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and Rodney Price
Performed by No Doubt
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"We're Here to Pay Tribute to My Daughter Gwen"
20 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gwen Araujo was born some twenty years ago as a biological male and raised with a brother and sister in a single parent household.

It was apparent as shown in the film that Eddie as he was known then was feeling that the anatomy given at birth was not matching what was felt inside. In the teen years, Eddie took the name of Gwen to show her real persona and that was what she presented to the world.

If the Gwen Araujo Story has a weakness it's that their are no really developed secondary characters in the film. It is dominated completely by Mercedes Ruehl as Gwen's mom and J.D. Pardo as Gwen.

But these are two very powerful performances indeed. Ruehl is a loving, caring mother whose own life experiences have left her ill equipped to comprehend what her child is dealing with. As for Gwen, she's an innocent adolescent, but a brave one. Not comprehending why she's the object of such hate and ridicule, but determined to present herself to the world as she sees herself. Pardo does a great job in capturing both parts of Gwen's character.

Had this been done for the big screen we might have gotten a more well rounded film, but as a made for TV film this is definitely one of the better ones. Hopefully a couple of Emmys might be in the future for both Ruehl and Pardo.

It is also to be hoped that this film will educate and enlighten the public about transgender teens and what they face in their daily lives.


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