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Gimme Shelter is a independent drama film starring Vanessa Hudgens which was filmed in 2011 and released on 2014. It tells the story of a pregnant teen who longs to escape her abusive drug-addicted mother and seek help from her biological father.


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  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Apple narrates how every time she's attempts to escape from her mother has ended in disaster. One time she tries to escape in a taxi from her mother and she succeeded only to not have enough money for the taxi and is told to leave. She tries to steal the taxi to drive further away only to fail and have to walk. She then tries to escape in a car she carjacked only to almost die in a near-fatal car crash. Apple reveals she's only had sex once and she got pregnant because of "doing it" once.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Apple endures parental abuse and neglect, near-rape, homelessness, and a near-fatal car crash just to find herself a safe home at a shelter for single teen parents for her and her baby.
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  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Apple nearly terminates her pregnancy at her biological father and stepmother's insistence. But as she's waiting in the waiting room, she changes her mind and leaves after seeing a girl leaving in tears and hears another loudly crying.
  • Important Haircut: Apple cuts her hair short in the film's opening as a disguise in hopes of escaping her abusive mother.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Apple, due to cutting her hair short, resembles a boy to some who meet her. When mistaken for a burglar and almost arrested by her biological father's security, they respond "Oh! It's a girl!" in surprise and let her go.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Apple gets pregnant from having sex once.
  • Screaming Birth: Apple goes through a painful process giving birth to her baby as she's screaming. She's also bursting into tears due to it being an emotional process as well.
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  • Shout-Out: The scene where the mothers share their file information is similar to a scene in Girl, Interrupted.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Apple discovers she's pregnant and has to find a new safe home for herself and her baby. Apple reveals her parents were also teenagers when they had her (her father was 19, her mother was 16).
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: At one point, the pregnant homeless Apple is reduced to digging into dumpsters and eating discarded food out of the garbage.
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