Written by: Allan Moyle
Directed by: Tricia Fish
Starring: Liane Balban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Andrew McCarthy, Cathy Moriarty
- Theatrical Trailer
- Filmographies of cast and director
- “Behind the Scenes” Featurette
Released by: Wellspring
My Advice: Borrow it.
Opposites attract. It’s a clichÃ©, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have some truth to it. Take the two main characters of New Waterford Girl, for instance. Mooney (Balban) is a 15-year-old sullen girl whose dreams and artistic talent are too large for her provincial small town of New Waterford, Nova Scotia. She tries to hitchhike with a sign that says “Mexico”…but she seems doomed to remain with her large Catholic family and the townsfolk who only seem to care about hockey scores and which girl has gotten knocked up. Even when her English teacher (McCarthy) gets her a scholarship to an arts school, her parents cannot conceive of letting their daughter go to the States. (Considering the school Mooney wants to go to is in New York during the 70’s, her parents may have valid concerns.) In the midst of her depression, Lou (Spencer-Nairn) enters the picture.
Lou and her mom (Moriarty) have left Brooklyn “until the stink goes away” and have moved in next door to Mooney’s family. Lou is self-assured, comfortable being physical (she takes up a sideline of punching out two-timing boyfriends), and actually likes New Waterford. Being opposite in almost every way, they become best friends in accordance to narrative causality. With Lou’s help, Mooney hatches a devious plot to leave town the only way girls her age can, by convincing the town she’s become a loose woman and has gotten pregnant. This causes confusion and anger from her parents and just confusion from the boys in the town trying to figure out whom Mooney actually slept with. And of course, she only discovers the true beauty of her hometown when she’s about to leave it.
Along with the ubiquitous movie trailer, the two main features are the filmography and a featurette with the cast and crew talking about the movie and the characters in it. The featurette reveals nothing new and is in essence, a ten minute commercial for the movie–as most featurettes turn out to be. The filmographies were interesting because I discovered that Andrew McCarthy has been in thirty-seven movies. It’s nice to know that this Brat Pack member has been keeping busy. But taken in all, New Waterford Girl just doesn’t get above the radar.