The result is an uncommon intimacy, the kind you find in a Judy Blume novel. Her grit and grace are all over this heartfelt adventure of a movie. She gives it a spirit that soars. show more
There are no surprises among the characters — depressed mom (Amy Jo Johnson), controlling aunt (Cynthia Stevenson), new boyfriend (Tatanka Means) — but the cast is strong enough to build on familiar elements. show more
Davey’s tortuous emotional distress, while generically relatable, seems more appropriate to a younger teen rather than a young woman who’s practically a college freshman. This curious disjunction impacts the performances as well, which are adequate but rarely persuasive. show more
June 13, 2013 lgjhere1
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Lovely, lovely movie. Willa steals the movie and your heart with her delicate intonation on a difficult subject matter. Movie is a little rough around the edges, but she more than makes up for it. Best part: no wizards and dragons and computer generated car chases and doom and glum.