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
Permanent is a enjoyable and sweet comedy about revolving around a pre-teen with the awkward name of Aurelie who is the new girl at her school in 1982 Virginia. Desperately trying to find a way to fit in, she asks her parents for a perm, a request she immediately regrets. The film also features Aurelie's parents, Jim (Rainn Wilson) and Jeanne (Patricia Arquette), two misplaced adults trying to find their place in the world. The film is very entertaining in depicting the family's misadventures with plenty of awkward but endearing moments. There are also great supporting characters. One of which who steals the show is Aurelie's no-nonsense, witty, and very pregnant teacher Mrs. Tripp (played by Abby Wathen). Wathen's characters is attempting to balance the stresses she is feeling in both the personal and professional aspects of her life, while giving us some of the film's best laughs in her attempts tame the pre-teens she is trying to educate. I highly recommend this film, it is for all of us who have made misplaced efforts in our desire to fit in.
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