Due to child labor laws , the underage performers were only allowed to work a regulated number of hours per day. In true child-star style, Wood has never been to school in the conventional sense - she was in make-up while the other kids were in registration. And they're getting younger and younger. Which is why we find the star Evan Rachel Wood holding forth about 'the issues', when in fact, the real revelation of the movie is Wood herself, an extraordinary actress with a cool patrician beauty, reminiscent of a young Robin Wright Penn. The clothes are scantier and the music heavier on the bass since James Dean yelled "You're tearing me apart! She begins the film as a studious, bobby-soxed mother's girl, writing poetry and playing with her dolls. In one scene, Evie and Tracy attempt a threesome with an older boy neighbour. It's changing so fast! Not only has she passed her 10th grade tests a year ahead of her school-going friends, but she is a model of maturity and restraint. As filming progressed, the girls began dressing similarly without being asked to do so. Never having left the US, she can't wait to get on that plane. I honestly think that "Thirteen" is a very well filmed movie; one thing I noticed was that the movie began in full color, correct? Admittedly, Tracy's teenage meltdown pales beside many real Los Angeles teens who wind up in jail or pregnant or wheeling themselves about in hospital. It felt more like a feeling than anything else.