Leslie Harris’ 1993 film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is an achievement of no small significance. The films mainstream contemporaries would only portray African-American female youth as the sidekick to a white female protagonist or the unachievable sexual fantasy of a male character. The film showcases young black female characters that are not just one dimensional, they are empowered and in control of their fates. Christine Lane in her article, "Just Another Girl Outside the Neo Indie" states;
"Harris accomplishes a challenging feat in Just Another Girl- Honestly presenting a black teenage girl’s urban world - while exposing the character’s flaws that are partly caused by the environment and partly generated from the contradictory aspects of the character’s age. If mishandled, the film could be seen as an indictment of the character and, by association, black teenage girls. However, the director presents her protagonist as a person with varying levels of competence. Chantel is a work in progress as a girl on the brink of womanhood, where one mistake could change her life.” (184)
The above still illustrates what Christine Lane was writing about in terms of the character’s dialogue with each other. If the film was not handled with the craft and perspective that Harris brought to the film, much of the dialogue could be humorous for the wrong reasons. While scenes like the one pictured above, do contain humor it is certainly not the only point of the scene. The girl’s who in all other areas of their lives are shown to be street-smart and able to fend for themselves, are shown to be crushingly misinformed about sex and still immature about the topic.