Runcible teen

Spork

on May 27, 2011 by Tim Cogshell
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A spork, of course, is a combination spoon and fork. As applied to humans (and it never should be applied to humans) the term is slightly more complicated, and in the case of this coming of age comedy, refers to the film's protagonist: a 13-year-old hermaphrodite in middle school. An amalgamation of Napoleon Dynamite and Dawn Wiener (the kid from Welcome to the Doll House) Spork has fuzzy hair, unfortunate eyewear, spastic clothes, troubling personal habits and all the other accouterments of a really geeky girlplus a small penis. This is a quirky, imaginative and outrageously funny little movie that will speak to more of us than any of us would like to admiteven if we aren't sporks, persay. It's also one of the pithiest movies about being an oddball in an odd world since Dynamite (2004) and Doll House (1995). This one is just sassy enough to catch a word of mouth cult following which might result in a decent per-screen average.

Spork (Savannah Stehlin) wants is to be a "real girl" so she can join her late mother in Oz. If she can make $300 dollars by winning the junior high dance contest she'll be able to make her completely delusional dream come true. Aside from believing her mother is in Oz (living in proximity to the Wizard), Spork is also delusional about her dead dog, which has been stuffed and mounted on wheels so she can take him for "walks." Surreal bits include her mother's grave in the yard in front of the family trailer and her penis.

The supporting cast is outrageously fantastic, particularly Tootsie Roll (Sydney Park), a loud little black girl whose heart is as golden as her mouth is nasty. Keith David and Yeardly Smith also make appearances as utterly inappropriate teachers. They address the students' foibles even more pointedly than the kids' peers do, and they curse a lot while teaching. It's hysterical. Indeed, everyone is this movie curses a blue streak, except Spork. If it were rated (and it's not) it would get an R for language and overtly sexual references in lewd contexts. Fortunately it's not rated so the kids can go alone.

Spork is also a musical with bumping production numbers and some very catchy (and lewd) tunes that make those High School Musicals look like Junior High Musicals.

Distributor: Wrenkin Hill Entertainment
Cast: Savannah Stehlin, Sydney Park, Rachel G. Fox, Michael William Arnold, Oana Gregory, Halston Autumn McMurray
Director/Screenwriter: J.B. Ghuman Jr.
Producers: Chad Allen, Honey Labrador, Geric Miller-Frost
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 min.
Release date: May 20 LA, May 27 NY

 

Tags: Savannah Stehlin, Sydney Park, Rachel G. Fox, Michael William Arnold, Oana Gregory, Halston Autumn McMurray, J.B. Ghuman Jr., Chad Allen, Honey Labrador, Geric Miller-Frost
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