Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. is a dramatic film released in the United States in 1993. It was directed, written and produced by Leslie Harris. The film stars Ebony Jerido, Ariyan A. Johnson and Kevin Thigpen. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. runs for 92 minutes. The film was shot over the course of seventeen days in New York City, and had a budget of only $100,000.
Chantel Mitchell, played by Ariyan A. Johnson, is a seventeen-year-old African-American high school junior living in Brooklyn. Chantel is an eloquent, highly intelligent young lady, but her ego and strong personality occasionally get her into trouble. Chantel dreams of leaving her poverty-stricken community and going off to college to become a doctor. She soon finds out, however, that achieving her goals will take much more than just dreaming.
Chantel lives with her parents, who are both blue-collar workers, as well as two younger brothers. Because her mother works all day and her father works the night shift and sleeps during the day, she is responsible for looking after her brothers in addition to working part-time at a nearby supermarket and going to school full-time.
Chantel earns high grades and makes it her goal to graduate early and get admitted into a college of her choice. She wants to break out of her current situation and pursue the highest level of her education in order to achieve her goal of entering the medical profession. She battles with her school's administration and throughout her relationship with her boyfriend, Tyrone, played by Kevin Thigpen. She gets pregnant and struggles with discovering a true sense of self-assurance and finding her way in the world.
"I.R.T." in the film's title refers to the Interborough Rapid Transit Company. The "I.R.T" also represents the IRT Lexington Avenue Line in New York City. The New York City Subway System is featured in one scene in the film.