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Blue Car (2002)

R | | Drama | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest.

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Karen Moncrieff

Writer:

Karen Moncrieff
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Strathairn ... Auster
Agnes Bruckner ... Megan Denning (Meg)
Margaret Colin ... Diane
Frances Fisher ... Delia
A.J. Buckley ... Pat
Regan Arnold Regan Arnold ... Lily
Sarah Buehler ... Georgia
Dustin Sterling Dustin Sterling ... Rob
Michael Joseph Thomas Ward ... Dad (as Mike Ward)
Wayne Armstrong Wayne Armstrong ... Don
Aftab Pureval Aftab Pureval ... Boy in Class
Wendy Lardin Wendy Lardin ... Georgia's Mom
Jenn O'nofrio Jenn O'nofrio ... Blonde Girl
Michael Raysses Michael Raysses ... Mr. Kastran
Amy Benedict ... Diner Waitress
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Storyline

Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her English teacher, Mr. Auster. But what started out as a mentoring relationship begins to get a bit more complex. Written by Anonymous

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Ready or not... the future comes just the same. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was edited on an Apple Macintosh Computer with "Final Cut Pro" and "Cinema Tools" software. See more »

Goofs

When Angus's dad starts the car at the end, it clearly does not turn over completely and start up. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Auster: Are you okay?
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Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) See more »

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Under the Willow
Words and Music by Mark Lerner
Performed by Rosine
Vocals by Nancy Lynn Howell
(c) 2000 Rag & Bone Shop (BMI)
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An impressive debut...
13 June 2003 | by dudley_do_wrongSee all my reviews

I've visited IMDb frequently in the past and have voted on over 250 films, but the previous comments regarding this film compel me to write my first review. "Blue Car" is, like most films, not without its flaws, but its strengths make it, in my opinion, one of the best American indie films I've seen for quite some time.

"Blue Car" is a movie that lacks clear villains; its characters are imperfect people who sometimes make the wrong decisions. I read a flattering review before seeing the movie, which I later regretted... The review gave away just enough to make me anticipate the film's climax and resolution, a reason why I have decided to remain conspicuously vague here.

The film is about Meg Denning (sp?), a troubled high school student whose poetry impresses her AP English teacher. Meg is still struggling to overcome the emotional abandonment she experienced after her father left. Her sister is likewise depressed and refuses to eat. Her mother is preoccupied with her job and night school. I realize these issues have been dealt with so thoroughly by Disney and Hollywood hacks that they have almost become cliche. Nevertheless, the fact that these situations are relatively commonplace make the story more plausible. The dialogue never degenerates into the pathetic sentimentalism one expects from Spielberg... The dialogue is robust -- the film's characters are dealt with fairly and realistically.

At the suggestion of her English teacher, Meg enters a poetry contest... As Meg's family problems are compounded by subsequent events, she begins to rely increasingly on her AP English teacher for encouragement, emotional support, and self-affirmation...And then, being as vague as possible, complex situations emerge... :o)

Every character in the film has sympathetic qualities. You might not agree with the decisions they make, and some of their actions might even disturb you...But in this age of simpleminded, dualistic rhetoric, when politicians talk about Good and Evil as though life were an episode of "He-Man," "Blue Car" is a refreshing film filled with characters who occupy the grey void lurking between black and white.

The film is not perfect. Certain events occur involving Meg's sister Lily, which are pivotal to the movie. I'm not that fond of how the film deals with Lily's emotional troubles, and facts surrounding the culmination of Lily's troubles are, in my mind, highly questionable. (Sorry. I can't be more specific without ruining the movie. If you see it, you'll probably know what I'm talking about.) These minor flaws are well worth overlooking.

Unfortunately, film as an industry is as white-male dominated as the field of theoretical physics -- perhaps even more so. It is sad indeed that the greatest living female director is probably Leni Riefenstahl, the despicable opportunist whose masterpieces include "Triumph of the Will."

That being the case, Karen Moncrieff's debut comes as a relief. She has proven herself to be a talented, insightful, up-and-coming director whose career will be worth keeping an eye on. Overall, I give the film a 9.


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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,087, 4 May 2003

Gross USA:

$465,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$476,551
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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