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New Waterford Girl Reviews

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Daniel P

Super Reviewer

July 14, 2009
Standing between their laneways in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, a coal-mining town on Cape Breton, Mooney Pottie (Liane Balaban) gives new-girl-in-town Lou (Tara Spencer Nairn) the grand tour:

"My house; your house. There's the store, the mine, the main drag. Hospital; tavern; church, tavern, church-church-rink-school-trainstation-roadtoSydney."

It's a fitting testament to the dreariness of Mooney's existence, the fourth of five children in a struggling family, but one who displays artistic talent and dreams of leaving, encouraged by her too-young male teacher, (Andrew McCarthy), as the town, like most small towns, and her family threaten to suck her back in.

The movie has a unique Canadian soundtrack and the DIY ethos of a Bruce MacDonald pic, and Balaban in the main role is better than anything I've seen her do since. Gray clouds always loom over these vistas of roaring surf and clotheslines in the cold wind - which is funny in light of the excessivley sunny Newfoundland & Labrador tourism ads all over Canadian TV these days that feature identical shots - and the film seems depressing, for the most part. But somewhere in the middle - no spoilers here! - you find yourself suddenly and strongly rooting for this unconventional character to come into her own, (with help from her new friend). It's a quintessentially Canadian story, and at its core it's not unlike a great many of them, but it's told in a unique way with an ending that's perfect and powerful. A film that takes a bit of time to warm up to as you're watching it, but one that will leave you satisfied. Among the best Canadian flicks I've seen.
Red L

Super Reviewer

January 14, 2009
Life is tough for Moonie Pottie in the small town - especially a coal-mining Cape Breton small town. A big city family moves into town, and Moonie and her new friend cause havoc in town.

This movie is pretty good - easy for anyone from a small town to identify with.
Mark A

Super Reviewer

February 9, 2011
New Waterford Girl is a quirky, largely implausible story about a young girl who dreams of leaving the small town in Nova Scotia where she grew up. Moonie (Liane Balaban), is a dreamer who doesn't quite fit in with the narrow-minded provincialism that living in the town of New Waterford on Cape Breton requires in order to prosper there. Enter Lou (Tara Spencer-Nairn), a girl from New York City, who inspires Moonie to put in motion a plan to get herself out of this backwater, involving a soiled reputation and a vendetta against the ‚guilty‚?. As mentioned, there are some plot devices that defy logic, but the humorous way in which they unfold and the skill of the actors managed to get this viewer to suspend disbelief and just settle in to enjoy the show. The supporting cast was excellent. Cathy Moriarty, as the mom, and Nicholas Campbell, as the dad, were spot on. They exhibited the right combination of loving concern over their youngest daughter and her quirks mixed with a level of distraction that having five children often engenders. This one was fun and managed to exert a draw on the emotions with a cute ending that managed to stay away from becoming maudlin.
iLeo
iLeo

Super Reviewer

December 26, 2007
Great!
zeiko18
January 7, 2007
Adorable, with good performances and an hilarious plot, but not as good as Mermaids. Mr. McCarthy is marvelous.
ihearthp
July 17, 2006
not what i thought when i borrowed it but way better and soooo good and i can relate with this movie a bit
April 16, 2006
Actually a nice movie and my friend owns the house where some of the indoor shots were done. It was in the basement of his home.
i actually enjoyed this movie...i've watched it like 8 times because it won't stop coming on cable...the plot is wacky enough and the characters are human enough to make it a very enjoyable film...
my favorite part is the bizarre ending...rumors and suspicion pile up enought to the point her mother pushes her teacher's trailer off a cliff with her car. the homeless andrew mcarthy realizes his house is gone and just wanders off into nowhere....i think that's how all movies should end!
August 22, 2012
Different, and enjoyable in a way. I liked it because I am from Cape breton.
March 14, 2008
Between a 7/10 and 8/10, it's sweet, if not profound, with several laugh-out-loud moments, and a wonderful portrait of place
August 7, 2011
It's impossible to enjoy every movie about an outsider's life in the province. This one is one of the worst on the topic - with unconvincing acting and a phony plot.
December 14, 2007
definitely on my top 5 for favorite movies, probably number 1.
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