[A] minimalist, rule-breaking exercise in head-scratching human behavior.
| Original Score: 3/5
Zellner handles the material delicately, treating her apparent psychosis like an ill-fated by-product of growing up. This strange yet wistful dynamic suggests Harmony Korine adapting Judy Blume.
The film is, if nothing else, an interesting meditation on how a child who grows up without guidance might react to a situation that requires judgment.
Aguirre is a find-she has none of the precociousness of the typical screen tween-but the movie's magical-realist elements don't jibe with the unstudied naturalism of her performance.
Like Days of Heaven on paint fumes, a languid, occasionally hilarious, occasionally poetic coming-of-age story.
Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.
Beneath the affectations, there's a real poetry to Kid-Thing, and a deeper truth in its depiction of what The Simpsons once dubbed "horrible, horrible freedom."
| Original Score: B
With the possible exception of Aguirre's performance, there's little here to stick to the ribs and the film's ultimate impact is slight.