I randomly picked this when I was bored at home and what-d’you know, it’s not bad. Really not my usual cup of tea and took me a bit out of my comfort zone but I can’t deny that this is a well made movie.
Danielle, Odeya, Maddie and Bex play it is really well and it’s Jennifer that lets the side down by being a little too American until nearer the end. Maybe I’m being harsh here as it’s possible the cultural divide means I just don’t get American Moms and their attitudes so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.
Other than that, the direction and production as a whole is rather delightful and I even get why the question of how people react to non-typical beauty-queen looks wasn’t rammed home more – the journey in this movie is for the central kids and one mom rather than society. I wanted to see people out-ranged and then learning the errors of their ways but I was the one who learned that not all pictures have to smash the message home like that.
It’s not a deep meaningful hit on mid-American ideals but rather a very small town mother-daughter / parents-kids understanding of their individual sensibilities and I think it does a really nice job too.
More than a made-for-tv movie but not one most people would think to watch. Maybe consider it for the production values.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Then keep DVD?
Then watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?