(out of 5)

Performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features doing what she does best: attitude. As Rachel Flax, a headstrong and independent mother of two (, ), she thinks nothing of jumping into her car at the slightest sign of trouble and moving to another town (“Life is change”, she says). Ryder is excellent as the fifteen year-old Charlotte, a girl who thinks that the best way to fight her burgeoning hormones is to devote her life to the Catholic church as a nun, despite the fact that she’s Jewish; the boy next door () gets in the way of her holy ambitions.  is also a riot as the awshucks shoe salesman who falls over himself for Rachel, first out of fascination, and then out of love. Great music, great period feel and very light, warmhearted direction by Richard Benjamin.

USA, 1990

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , ,, , ,, , , , ,, , ,, ,, , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , ,, , ,, ,

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Winona Ryder)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Supporting Actress (Winona Ryder)


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