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Permanent (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 December 2017 (USA)
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Permanent is a comedy about bad hair, adolescence, and socially awkward family members. It involves life-altering permanents and poorly-made toupees. Obstacles to daily survival ensue.



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Credited cast:
... Jeanne Dickson
... Jim Dickson
... Aurelie Dickson
Nena Daniels ... Lydia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Son
... Cafeteria Kid
... Poetry Kid
... Barry
... Sally
Owen Buckenmaier ... Kid on bus
Anthony Cardella ... Roger
... Beauty School Student
... Parent
Paul D'Elia ... Biker
Candy Dennis ... Mrs. Martingale


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 Brigid Marshall

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Hairstyles are temporary, but family is forever.



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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references, language and thematic elements


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722, 17 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,847, 11 January 2018
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Permanent simply doesn't wash!
14 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Permanent simply doesn't wash!

When all 13 reviews for a movie are filled with gushing praise and the maximum stars allowed, you know you're in for a movie treat, right?

Or... you know that a couple of enthusiastic members of the film crew have rounded up a few accounts on IMDb to boost a movie's profile!

Every review for this painful movie on IMDb.com is written in a similar style, lavishing praise on how the film made the 'film go-er' feel. Not one review takes a step back to inform the reader why or what actually happened to make them (er, him or her) feel that way!

Even the usernames of these 'reviewers' are obviously the imagination of one person... alarue-47744 - onaona-74151 - tiarenee-13911!. Seriously? You can't even be bothered to come up with convincing usernames?)

OK, so let's talk about the film itself and here's an honest review from someone who has written about 200 of them for this website...

A girl is teased at school because of her hair. Her ridiculous father wears a toupe and her equally asinine fool of a mother likes dolphins. Her school teacher is having a baby. The entire stretch of their personalities and actions revolve around this premise.

The film isn't funny... it's not witty... it's not interesting and it's not worth your time. The entire runtime is about nothing except a girl's bad haircut, a silly father and his wig and an insane, frustrated woman who likes sea mammals.

It's a badly scripted collage of unconnected scenes that excels in bland, empty, pointless and embarrassingly awful moments where nothing happens. This film isn't even interesting enough to be annoying! THAT'S how irrelevant it is.

Kira McLean is the only thing of value here. The actor looks to have a future if she can come through this excruciating bomb without being de-listed for offenses against entertainment. If her agent thought that this was a good move for her, she needs serious changes in her management.

An utter fail from the opening scene to the ten-minute end credits.

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