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My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

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A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Amir Bar-Lev
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Credited cast:
Amir Bar-Lev ... Himself
Anthony Brunelli Anthony Brunelli ... Himself
Elizabeth Cohen Elizabeth Cohen ... Herself
Jonathan Crosby Jonathan Crosby ... (voice)
Ron Curtis Jr. Ron Curtis Jr. ... (voice)
Michael Kimmelman Michael Kimmelman ... Himself
Laura Olmstead Laura Olmstead ... Herself
Mark Olmstead Mark Olmstead ... Himself
Marla Olmstead Marla Olmstead ... Herself
Zane Olmstead Zane Olmstead ... Himself
Celeste Russi ... (voice)
Tara Sands ... (voice)
Stuart Simpson Stuart Simpson ... Himself
Jackie Wescott Jackie Wescott ... Herself
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Four year old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, New York became the sensation of the art world for her abstract artwork, which have sold for thousands of dollars per piece. The showing of her work started off as a lark, but when the paintings sold without the buyers knowing who the artist was, the media began to run with the story. Through it all, Marla's parents, Mark Olmstead and Laura Olmstead, want to be grounded in what is best for their daughter while exposing her to whatever positive may come from the experience. But some negative and big name media also surfaces, some questioning whether Marla is the real artist behind the work, and some questioning exposing a four year old to such infamy. Regardless, the fact of this art selling brings up the legitimacy of abstract art being quantified as "quality", especially if a four year old can produce it but can't express the emotions or rationale behind its creation. Or is art truly in the eyes of the beholder? Regardless, money, in the ... Written by Huggo

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Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide.


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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim Çocugum Basarabilir See more »

Filming Locations:

Binghamton, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,290, 7 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$231,274, 3 February 2008
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Amir Bar-Lev: [when Laura starts crying on camera on being doubted] I'm sorry that I brought this into your house.
Laura Olmstead: [bitterly] It's documentary gold.
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Features The Jane Pauley Show (2004) See more »

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Amarcord
Written by Nino Rota
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The question is never really answered.
7 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Watching this documentary is like sitting on a jury. You have to decide if there is a reasonable doubt, as you may never know the full truth.

Amir Bar-Lev does a good job of presenting the facts to the jury. He is assisted by a "60 Minutes" piece on the same subject. Did this four-year-old really paint these pictures, or was she helped by daddy or, as one person suggested, by the gallery owner? One has to look at the father and make a judgment, as the little girl cannot really tell us what we want to know. he does appear shifty and one has to believe that he is certainly capable of doing the enhancements. There are certain things in the paintings themselves that indicate that they were not done by a four-year-old.

The mother appears to know, but is protecting her family. I think she wishes it would have never started.

It is an interesting work and each person has to sit in the jury box themselves and give a verdict.


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