“Girl Lost, A Hollywood Story”: Pure Evil

So the storyline is not exactly innovative. Young unhappy teen Hope (Moxie Owens) is lured to Hollywood by her former babysitter and sexual molester Paige (Cody Renee Cameron) so Paige can launch Hope into an “acting career”. Paige and Destiny (Serena Maffucci) are setting up an escort service and in essence are pimps but Hope is so juvenile and ignorant she doesn’t realize Paige and Destiny are marketing her as a prostitute. Paige and Destiny are also marketing single mom Baby Girl (Psalms Salazar). Both Hope and Baby Girl love their vodka.

Baby Girl played by Psalms Salazar

Baby Girl is easily manipulated by her poverty and Hope by childlike gullibility. That Paige and Destiny are “grooming” Hope make Paige and Destiny vile and disgusting human beings manipulating poor Hope who discovers far along in the game exactly what the two pimp ladies are up to.

So basically the film is about sex trafficking which in the case of Hope and Baby Girl is about exploitation of primarily a psychological nature. Violence is not part of the pimp’s ploy which makes the storyline a bit flimsy. The acting, apart from Salazar, is weak and stilted but that could be caused by the weak writing. Page and Destiny are pure evil and their poor acting strangely makes them more evil due to their detachment from their roles.

However weak the acting and script may be the evil streak running through the film makes it worth watching. The smile by Hope at the conclusion of the film is a chilling . Yes some sex trade workers need to make a living and morals may be prudish by many but in the case of a minor like Hope the pimps Paige and Destiny have no morals and their evil nature is unfortunately a regular feature in a world where 80% of run away girls turn to prostitution. They are easy pickings to the pure evil of Paige and Destiny. As director, writer, producer and editor Robin Bain states,” Shot on location on the streets of Hollywood, Girl Lost, A Hollywood Story is a character study surrounding four women involved in the sex industry. The film explores the social, cultural and economic plights of these women as they struggle to survive in an unforgiving world. Far away from the perceived glamour of Beverly Hills, the film captures the darkest and most despairing elements of the city and the journey of the characters.”

You can watch the movie and see the trailer on these platforms https://www.bgpics.com/movies/girl-lost-a-hollywood-story/

From right to left Baby Girl, Paige, Hope and Destiny

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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