Crackie

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A teenager struggles to find both love and a future in this neo-realistic drama. Mitsy (Meghan Greeley) is a teenage girl who dreams of someday becoming a hairdresser and moving out of the shabby Newfoundland town where she was born and raised. But fortune doesn't often smile on Mitsy; her mother abandoned her when she was young, and she's been raised by her grandmother Bride (Mary Walsh), who keeps Mitsy on a short leash even though Bride makes her living as a prostitute. Mitsy loves Sparky, a little dog who gives her the sort of unconditional affection she doesn't get from her family, and she wants to keep the dog and care for it. However, when Sparky runs away, she ends up having to sleep with Duffy (Joel Thomas Hynes), a scruffy delinquent who works at a diner, in order to get him back. Mitsy is thrilled at first when her mother Gwennie (Cheryl Wells) unexpectedly returns, but the reunion isn't a happy one; Gwennie turns out to be an alcoholic sex worker who doesn't much care for Mitsy, won't allow Sparky in the house, and ends up stealing Duffy away from her own daughter. The first feature film from director Sherry White, Crackie was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • May 30, 2011
    <div style="width:250px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/crackie-14011010"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/14/01/10/14011010_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <B><I>CRACKIE</I> (2009)</B> Independent, Canadian, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: SHERRY WHITE FEATURING: Mary Walsh, Meghan Greeley, Cheryl Wells, Joel Thomas Hynes, and Kristin Booth GENRE: DRAMA TAGS: chick flick, gritty, disturbing <B>PLOT:</B> A disadvantaged teen copes with spiritual isolation amid destructive influences in a poor, rural hamlet. COMMENTS: Living with her crude, cantankerous grandmother (Wells), 15 year old Mitsy (Greeley) wants the hell out of her sleazy Newfoundland town. And with good reason. The place is pretty "rustic;" remote and depressing with no opportunities. Most of the people in Misty's life are professional losers, and her absentee mom Gail (Walsh) is a callous, cold-hearted whore. Literally. She's the worst mother in the world, right after Cal Trask's repellent monster mom in <I>East Of Eden</I>. Gail takes money from Mitsy and thinks of her the same way a crooked carnival barker regards a sucker. Mitsy's creep boyfriend (Hynes) offers to let her perform oral sex on him as if it's some kind of privilege. At cosmetology school, her snooty, disapproving classmates grumble when she enrolls there. Mitsy's only worthwhile friend is a her little adopted dog, or "crackie" in the regional slang. Despite her circumstances, Mitsy is resilient, but bright and sensitive enough that it's a tragedy life finds her where she is. The way Mitsy relates to her little dog Sparky reflects her shifting emotions. Her relationship with Sparky is like a barometer of her evolving maturation. Viewers who were moved by the 2009 <I>Fishtank</I> will find <I>Crackie</I> to be a close parallel. In both films, the teenage girl protagonists are plagued by poverty, broken homes, stupid, chauvinist loser boyfriends, discordant, dysfunctional families, amoral mothers, and soul-crushingly bleak prospects. Stark, depressing surroundings and mean, callous personalities cheapen the nature of existence and degrade the human condition. A morose sensibility prevails. Misty, like Mia in <I>Fishtank</I> dreams of getting out, far, far away, to bootstrap her spirit up to some modest ledge above the common rubble of everyday banality. <I>Crackie</I> is an accurate depiction of personal realities we would rather not consider. It is very sad, but it's not tragedy, and it's not designed to deliberately manipulate one's emotions like a tear-jerker. Nevertheless, I cried, not just at the end, but part way through as well. This kind of movie is well suited to those of us perverse enough to want to subject ourselves to upsetting, grim material. Maybe the reason I couldn't look away was because the writing was so skillful it forced my empathy for the characters. I took a genuine interest in them. I had to see what would happen. The performances in <I>Crackie</I> are quite skilled, and far more credible than the corny, over-acted stereotypical caricatures I see being portrayed by established Hollywood screen names. Frankly, the best acting I've observed lately is to be found in some of these better independent films. Hollywood thinks that it is the end-all and be-all of the cinematic crafts. After being awestruck by my viewing experience of watching <I>Crackie</I>, that idea just makes me laugh! <div style="width:250px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/crackie-14011011"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/14/01/10/14011011_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:250px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/crackie-14011012"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/14/01/10/14011012_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11145230"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/vz3OwSiNvo8/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Crackie</I></a> - trailer</div>
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