Though only an hour long, this adaptation of Katherine Patterson's youth novel is rather entertaining. Jodie Foster, though doing her patented "troubled teen" role, runs the emotional gamut as a kid who tells lies to avoid facing reality. Her foster family (though not credited, Mrs. Trotter has a geeky little boy who serves as Gilly's punching bag/confidant) I have not seen this in a long time (not since Nickelodeon dropped their "Special Delivery" programming of old school favorites like "Really Rosie" and "The Electric Grandmother.) It is a little dated, and there is room for it to be remade (especially depending on the success of "The Bridge to Terabithia.")
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