This attempt to continue Margeret O'Brien's starring roles into her teens is completely unengaging to me -- although it is possible that in an earlier era, when magazines like TIGER BEAT appealed to pre-teens anxiously awaiting the onset of adolescence, it might have actually found an audience. But, speaking as a man in his fifties more than half a century later, it all seems too coy and calculated to be very interesting.
Miss O'Brien's performance, as always, is excellent, but not at all suited to a comedy where she must carry the emotional weight herself -- her earlier roles, such as in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS come off as comic because no one took her very seriously. Here it would require some very delicate work in all departments for the audience to care deeply about Miss O'Brien and yet not take her seriously, and it doesn't show up here.
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