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Another sterling performance by young Mackenzie Phillips...
moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
9 April 2006
Even in her earliest performances ("Go Ask Alice" and "American
Graffiti"), Mackenzie Phillips projected such a wise, knowing sense of
herself that most young adults could instantly identify with her angst.
In this rather ordinary TV movie concerning the begrudging friendship
between a street urchin and an elderly man, Phillips (in hooker hats
and kooky clothes) gives a thoughtful, sensitive portrayal, managing to
turn this stale plot around and maybe even make it mean something.
Martin Balsam is certainly her acting equal, but I'm not sure how
convincing his character is (as written) or, indeed, if anyone his age,
in his position would take so much time to reach a belligerent young
woman. Low-budget and not especially memorable, the film was just a
holding pattern for Phillips, a cautionary tale that might've been
shown in high schools, but she gives it some resonance.
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