It's 1982, and the Dicksons (Jim, Jeanne, and Aurelie) move (are the new-comers) to a southern town where all the girls long for Farrah Fawcett-type curls (to match their back-woods accents/ and love to talk hair./ and obsess over their hair.) Pre-teen AURELIE begs her parents for a permanent, (known outside the south as a perm) hoping for life-changing curly waves but when they take her to a Beauty School instead of a salon to save money, disaster ensues. A bored Student-Beautician accidentally sets the timer for too long, and the perm ends up destroying Aurelie's already low-grade social life as well as her hair follicles. Aurelie is left as a gawky yet endearing young teenager trying to navigate junior high with what some kids call an afro, then throw things at her, from epithets to dodgeballs.Written by
I can see why this clunker only grossed a total of $12,000. It was that bad.
I had high hopes for it based on Patricia Arquette & Rainn Wilson, but the little girl turned out to be the best actor in this one.
I also learned why Rainn Wilson has not gone onto the success that his fellow cast mates from "The Office" has, he can only play Dwight Schrutte. This movie was Dwight with a bad wig, as a father in a stupid badly written story.
As far as the story, I don't get why the father needed to learn how to swim, to attend medical school (or receive a scholarship) or whatever the heck that was all about? The entire feel of it tries to recapture that "Napoleon Dynamite" feel, but it's not the same.
...and what is with the disco ball in the movie poster? It's supposed to be 1982, not 1978.
I want my 93 minutes back.
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