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Children on Their Birthdays (2002)

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A boy in the deep South learns the joys and sorrows of first love in this comedy-drama based on the short story by Truman Capote. Billy Bob Murphy (Joe Pichler) is a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in a small Alabama town in 1947. Billy Bob's mother Elinore (Sheryl Lee) lost her husband during World War II, and has been struggling to raise her son on her own. Billy Bob's best friend is Preacher Star (Jesse Plemons); Preacher has a pronounced mischievous streak, which is hardly tempered by the fact his Dad has a drinking problem and his older brothers are teenage thugs in training. When thirteen-year-old Lily Jane Bobbitt (Tania Raymonde) moved into town with her mother, a strange woman who never speaks, both Billy Bob and Preacher are entranced; groomed to act like a "lady" and convinced she's destined for stardom in the movies, Lily Jane isn't like any of the girls in town. But Billy Bob not only has Preacher as a rival for Lily Jane's affections, his best friend's coarse personality makes her wonder if Billy Bob is the sort of young gentleman who is worthy of her company. Lily Jane also earns the enmity of many of her schoolmates when she befriends Sister Rosalba, a girl her age from the town's African-American neighborhood. As Billy Bob struggles with first love, he also has to deal with his mother's budding romance with Speedy, the local auto mechanic (Christopher McDonald. Children On Their Birthdays was the first film directed by Mark Medoff, a noted screenwriter and playwright who received an Oscar nomination for his work on the film Children Of A Lesser God.
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PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Tom Arnold
as Lionel Quince
Sheryl Lee
as Elinore
Joe Pichler
as Billy Bob Murphy
Jesse Plemons
as Preacher Star
Tania Raymonde
as Lily Jane Bobbitt
Christopher McDonald
as Speedy Thorne
Phyllis Frelich
as Mrs. Bobbitt
Brazhal Brewer
as Rosalba Cat
Cynthia Baker
as Ada Willingham
Ritch Brinkley
as Acey Trump
Emily Clibourn
as Cora Mae
Freeman Coffey
as Mr. Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank
as Mrs. Quince
Lucina Paquet
as Mrs. Sawyer
Alexander Piccolo
as Malcolm Doralle
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Critic Reviews for Children on Their Birthdays

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The movie version is like a bedtime story -- pleasant but a little soporific.

January 23, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A slice-of-life picture where the life is uneventful and the slice missed all the good chunks.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
EricDSnider.com

Audience Reviews for Children on Their Birthdays

this movie has character. i love the detail, the actors personalities, & also I love that this story actually has a moral. it is extraordinarily original.

Diana smith
Diana smith

I love this movie! Lily Jane is a 13 year old who is more grown up in her manner then alot of adults are. She defends those that are in need, she tries to right the wrong, etc. but she is also just a little girl in the fact that she likes to play around as well. The girl Tania Raymonde plays her very well. She may not have the whole sothern accent down but thats cool because you can't expect her to be perfect. People say that she lip synced *spell check* very badly and I don't agree with this since I thought she was actually singing intill I read somewhere that it wasn't her singing. Oh well I still love the song. She does have a sort of muscular quality to her but that is good which means she can play a young southern lady or a butt kicking girl....lol will look good in a dress or pants. :) If you don't like it then you don't but those who read reviews don't let that be your review watch something first before you judge it.

Amber Hatch
Amber Hatch

CHARMING LITTLE FILM, NICELY ACTED BY SHERYE LEE DIAMOND. THE PERIOD FLAVOR OF THE 1940'S IS SO-SO, BUT THE STORY IS A GOOD AND INTERESTING ONE. NOTHING GREAT, BUT VERY WATCHABLE.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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