Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2014

For what it’s worth, Vanessa Hudgens seems to have separated herself from her Disney past once and for all thanks to a real-deal performance in Gimme Shelter. She plays Apple, a teen runaway, pregnant, without hope and maybe beyond reclamation. There’s not a hint of High School Musical to be found, and if you didn’t know about her childhood star status, you wouldn’t take her work here as anything but legit. Because it is. Now, as for the film, it’s not a very incisive look at life on the streets or at shelters for girls like Apple, which is where the action eventually leads us. But if the story is truly about those communal homes that give pregnant teens a comfortable place to find stability, Gimme Shelter waits way too long to spring it on us. This is a good outcome for Hudgens, but that’s about it.
Director: Ron Krauss
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco


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East Bay Express Gimme Shelter Obstacle course. by Kelly Vance 01/24/2014
Portland Mercury Good God Gimme Shelter is a holy clusterfuck. by Marjorie Skinner 01/22/2014

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