Toe to Toe

February 26th 2010
  • Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 100 min,
  • Strand Releasing
  • Cast: Louisa Krause, Sonequa Martin, Hina Abdullah, Sarah Aschenbach, Dionne Audain, Erica Chamblee, Tabi Bonney, Erica Chamblee, Gaius Charles, Maha Chehlaoui, Thuliso Dingwall, Samantha Eustace, Michael Gabel, Anwan Glover, Angelica Gregory, Tiffani Holland, Jonnie Marie Horne, James Kinstle, Alexandra Morten, Anthony Del Negro, Jamie Nocher, Kendra North, Kheedim Oh, Leslie Olabisi, Tuluv Price, Silvestre Rasuk, Duane Rawlings, Chris Riggi, Leslie Uggams, Anshu Wahi, Ally Walker, Kevin Wallace, Betty Montgomery Williams
  • Director: Emily Abt
  • Writer: Emily Abt
  • Producers: Emily Abt, Susan Leber
  • Co Producer: Reva Goldberg
  • Associate Producers: Andrew Osborne, Keryn Thompson
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Annie Yun
  • D.O.P.: Alan Jacobsen
  • Editor: Jeff Marcello
  • Makeup: Brenda Bush
  • Musics: Force Theory, Michael Furjanic, Neill Sanford Livingston
  • Production Design: Tommaso Ortino
  • Set Decoration: Christina Barth


At a politically correct prep school in Washington DC two girls -one black, one white- go toe to toe. Jesse is a privileged but troubled white girl whose slutty tendencies pull her towards self-destructive behavior. Tosha is a fiercely determined African-American from Anacostia, one of DC's most impoverished areas. Both new seniors and star players on their school’s lacrosse team, the two girls click despite their differences. Their fledgling friendship begins to falter when they discover their shared interest in Rashid, a dashing Lebanese deejay.

Things unravel further when Tosha and Jesse have a shoving match on the lacrosse field and racist graffiti appears on Tosha's locker soon after. Jesse is expelled from school and spirals deeper into self-destructive behavior. Surprisingly, it is Tosha who comes to her rescue. Jesse then returns the favor by sacrificing her own well being for that of Tosha's. And so the two girls, once mired in mutual hatred, become each other's salvation.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Maryland, USA; Washington D.C., USA
  • Production Companies: Offhollywood Digital, Susie Q Productions, Toe to Toe Film Productions

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Despite a so-so critical reaction to Emily Abt’s all too earnest coming-of-age tale at Sundance last year, Strand Releasing picked it up and is planning a small theatrical release before a bigger push on video. At the time of the reviews, what praise it did garner was for the leading actresses and their chemistry which could yield promising futures for both Sonequa Martin and Louisa Krause.

Its racially charged examination of the youth culture in the Washington DC area may generate its own interest, especially among girls of the same age, but the standard troubled teen elements sound trite and convenient enough that many will dismiss it out of hand. It is nice to see a film at least give lacrosse some time in the sun though."

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