Rating (4 out of 5 stars)

The benefit of having a teenage daughter is getting to show her some older films. Now it takes quite a bit of convincing to get her to watch a movies with subtitles, but for some reason yesterday she was ready.

It had been a while since I had watched, and I am really glad I watched it again.

One of the important criteria for me in a movie is that you want to know more, and find out what happens. Right off the give you a reason to watch Ameile grow up. Then as you are exposed to her and her world, you continually want to see what she does next. Then as the story continues, you see that it isn’t about the people around her, but watch her grow and face own challenges.

The quirkiness of the characters and her strategms keep you intrigued. The cigarette lady, the bartender, the waitress, the writer, her father, all are interesting components. Finally there is her love interest who collects photo booth pictures. That story was interesting as well.

Why not a 5 star then? I would watch it again, I will always remember parts and the made me think a little about my own life. Maybe it was too happy, and that there wasn’t a huge overwhelming challenge that she had to overcome. There wasn’t some pivotal moment when it felt like it was all going to go wrong.