19 March 2006 | Screen-7
One of best coming-of-age movies you'll probably never see
This is one of the better coming-of-age movies you probably have never seen. It's a real gem of a movie.
It's not easy to watch, that's for sure. There isn't a high-functioning person in the bunch but just about all of them have some redeeming qualities.
It's downright painful, at points, but even the bad characters manage to endear themselves to the viewer.
I grew up in the "white trash" culture and this movie has the ring of truth, to me. The characters in this movie certainly have their counterparts in the real world I come from! When watching the movie, it never occurred to me that the director was insinuating that all low-income people or southerners are like this. Just one very interesting family.
If you like to find hidden film gems, be sure to rent or TiVo "Amerian Girl." I just love these low-budget movies that are more powerful than the mega-million dollar movies.