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Blue Car
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by EricDSnider

"Moody and dreary, but the acting's really good. But yeah, moody and dreary."
4 stars

A blue car is what Meg's father was driving when he left the family in Karen Moncrieff's "Blue Car," a moody, almost somnolent film in which good performances outweigh the oppressive subject matter.

Meg (Agnes Brucker) is a high school student with abilities in poetry-writing. Her mother (Margaret Colin) is overworked and apathetic, and her younger sister Lily (Regan Arnold) is mildly psychotic, a threat to herself and others.

The closest thing to a father figure for Meg is her English teacher, Mr. Auster (David Strathairn), who strongly encourages her to enter a national poetry contest. He is a mentor and friend to her, and sure enough, what you expect to happen in this situation happens.

As the resolute and brave Meg, Agnes Brucker gives a remarkably strong performance that will especially appeal to young women. The much-overlooked David Strathairn is excellent, too, imbuing Mr. Auster with realistic flaws and sincerity.

Throughout the film, one keeps wanting desperately for something good to happen to Meg. That's not a result of the character's sympathetic nature so much as of the story's relentlessly dreary trajectory. Meg's life is not particularly filled with utter tragedy, but for heaven's sake, could she at least take a bubble bath, or eat some Ben & Jerry's, or something?

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User Comments

2/16/10 brian The importance of a daddy in the life of a girl. Beautiful job. 5 stars
6/18/06 Bob Beautifully acted. A really interesting film. 4 stars
10/19/05 Bet you thought "Lolita" was crap too! 4 stars
1/04/05 Tim Some good plot elements that ultimately, don't gel terribly well. Good intentions tho. 3 stars
5/01/04 Kyle Can't believe this WASN'T made for TV. 1 stars
8/20/03 miranda impressive acting,depressing movie 4 stars
6/11/03 Brannie Herez Brannie, This movie looks sooo bad that i wont even bother to pay for movie tickets. 1 stars
5/17/03 mike nope 1 stars
9/19/02 spring_haze a fantastic film 5 stars
9/01/02 joseph mcdonough amazing acting , sad yet true to life and very symbolic , worth a great long look. 5 stars
9/01/02 Gretchen Hargrove i thought it was a very insightful moving piece .. and so real it makes you feel alive . 5 stars
4/26/02 Luther Pigbat A beautifully realized gem. Nearly perfect. 5 stars
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