Saturday, March 25, 2006

Movie A Day - The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio (#3)

I watched this film on Thursday, and then that evening I went to see V For Vendetta, but I don't consider that cheating, if only because when I thought up the Movie A Day challenge, it was to curb the amount of time I spent in front of the boob tube, so I think I'm still doing okay.

Regardless, The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio is the story of a mid-1950s housewife who raises her large brood of kids up out of poverty by winning jingle contests. Based on Terry Ryan's memoir (one of said 10 children) of the same name, it's a saccharine film of the hard knock life and eternal optimism of the main character, Evelyn Ryan. Julianne Moore plays the lead, and she's good (but because she's always good and not because the role is particularly challenging and/or interesting). But on the whole, the film was more like a movie-of-the week than a feature film. I'd give it a six out of ten.

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