Odd Girl Out Movie Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Odd Girl Out' is a 2005 drama by director Tom McLoughlin about a popular teenaged girl who is exiled from her clique. This asset contains student discussion questions about this movie.

Odd Girl Out

Tom McLoughlin's Odd Girl Out explores friendship, conformity, and bullying through the story of Vanessa and her dysfunctional friendship with Stacey, the most popular girl in school. Isolation, cyber-bullying, and suicide are other topics that emerge from this film about the adolescent experience. The following questions may be used to support student comprehension of this film.


  • Describe Vanessa at the beginning of the film. What are some positive attributes that draw others to her? What are some things you and Vanessa have in common?
  • Describe Vanessa's friendship with Stacey and Nikki at the beginning of the film. What are some early signs that the friendship is not healthy for Vanessa? How would you respond if your friends tried to convince you to do something you know is wrong?
  • What are some examples of an uneven power dynamic between Vanessa and Stacey? How does this impact their relationship?
  • How does Tony interfere with Vanessa and Stacey's friendship? How do you think this situation should have been handled differently?

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