Dirty Girl

Sunday, September 25 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Dirty Girl

JOY REVIEW

Dirty Girl takes place in the late ’80s in Norman, Oklahoma.  Danielle, played by Juno Temple, is the little girl who sleeps with everybody and is blatantly sexual, and we do have the feeling that underneath her tough exterior is probably a broken heart, because that’s what we’re used to in Hollywood.  Regardless, she is a tough little broad who lives with her mom who she says is poo, played by Milla Jovovich, who seems to be freed in her adult life to be a much better actress than she was as a pin-up in her younger life. It turns out that Mom is taken up with William H. Macy as a Mormon, who is deciding to change Danielle’s ways as well; Danielle doesn’t know who her real father is. Somehow she is put in the class with, as the principal gently says, retards, and she has to schlep around a bag of flour as her child. She’s teamed up with a class loser, Clark, who is played by Jeremy Dozier. This is really one of those movies that will sneak up, it’s kind of like Juno. It’s sort of interesting that the lead character’s name is Juno, but this one is going to be the sleeper hit, I think, of the fall. This is really a movie with huge heart and the kids are terrific. There’s a great story in here and all the supporting cast is great, including Dwight Yoakam playing Danielle’s horrible father, and Mary Steenburgen playing a kind of repressed mom.  This is a movie in which I ended up in tears during; it’s just lovely. Five full stars.

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