New Waterford Girl

Gentle and deliberately paced, this '70s-era comedy-drama about a 15-year-old girl dying to get out of her tiny Nova Scotia hometown is the antithesis of flashy, trashy Hollywood coming-of-age pictures. Agnes Marie "Mooney" Pottie (Liane Balaban), the second youngest of five children, hates New Waterford, a desolate, intensely Catholic mining town where...read more

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Gentle and deliberately paced, this '70s-era comedy-drama about a 15-year-old girl dying to get out of her tiny Nova Scotia hometown is the antithesis of flashy, trashy Hollywood coming-of-age pictures. Agnes Marie "Mooney" Pottie (Liane Balaban), the second

youngest of five children, hates New Waterford, a desolate, intensely Catholic mining town where there's not much to see and nothing for young people to do. Smart and creative, she's caught the eye of teacher Cecil Sweeny (Andrew McCarthy), who thinks she can get a scholarship to study somewhere

else — maybe even New York City. But Mooney's family want her to be a nurse, and the only reason teenage girls ever leave New Waterford is for a stint at a home for unwed mothers, which is not the future Mooney has in mind for herself. Her peers think Mooney is a weirdo, and her family just

wish she'd try to act like a normal girl, rather than moping around with her nose in a book. Mooney's life takes a turn for the better when Lou (Tara Spencer Nairn) and her glamorous mom (Cathy Moriarty) move in next door. A tough little cookie from the Bronx, Lou likes peaceful New Waterford but

gets the cold shoulder afforded all outsiders. That is, until she discovers a previously unsuspected talent: Lou's got a hell of a left hook, and local girls who've been wronged by their men are all too happy to have her use it in their defense. The situations are familiar, but screenwriter Tricia

Fish captures the day-to-day feeling of being a high school misfit without resorting to over-the-top humiliations or hysterics. Balaban and Nairn are radiant, with none of the mannerisms that so often make Hollywood actresses look like Stepford teens; oddballs everywhere will root for Mooney's

unique escape plan to succeed.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Gentle and deliberately paced, this '70s-era comedy-drama about a 15-year-old girl dying to get out of her tiny Nova Scotia hometown is the antithesis of flashy, trashy Hollywood coming-of-age pictures. Agnes Marie "Mooney" Pottie (Liane Balaban), the seco… (more)

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