Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Canada, 1999. Sienna Films, imX Communications. Screenplay by Tricia Fish. Cinematography by Derek Rogers. Produced by Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny. Music by Geoff Bennett, Longo Hai, Ben Johannesen. Production Design by Emanuel Jannasch. Costume Design by Debra Hanson. Film Editing by Susan Maggi.
Hilarious Canadian comedy about a young girl in a tiny Newfoundland town whose personality is simply too big for the small-minded people around her. Living in the overcrowded Catholic home of her parents, Moonie (Mary Agnes colloquialized) makes friends with the new girl in town, a New Yorker who is, along with her colourful mother (Cathy Moriarty), fleeing a scandal involving her mother’s boxer boyfriend. This new friendship opens up her world and helps give her more confidence in searching out her dream of leaving New Waterford and searching for her life elsewhere. A well assembled cast elevate even the most awkward moments in this clever film, and the many jabs at the quaintness of small-town life are always too affectionate to be insulting.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1999