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    Filed at 9:32 am under by dcobranchi

    A pro-homeschooling movie? Apparently the well-received flick is not for children.

    The winner of the Sundance Directing Award for first-timer Catherine Hardwicke, “Thirteen” opens with a close-up of teenage Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), music headphones clamped in place. She and a pal are huffing nitrous oxide and then punching each other in the face, desperate to feel something in their otherwise numb lives.
    Flash back four months, and we meet the other Tracy, the innocent child who is shocked at the vulgarity casually displayed at her new middle school. The setting may be for children, but the profanity and sexuality oozing out of every teen gesture is purely adult.
    These scenes alone could divert a few youngsters toward home-schooling.

    I won’t be watching it, either.

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