Thoughts on Phoebe in Wonderland

Sunday, December 12, 2010 1:06 PM By Simon

-A ten-year-old with undiagnosed Tourettes (Elle Fanning) wins the part of Alice in her school's production of Alice in Wonderland, led by a new drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson). Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman play her parents.

-Adorable, sometimes sad little movie that's better than Lifetime disease-of-the-week, anyway.

-Holy shit, those Fanning girls can scream.

-I smiled when Patricia Clarkson played out the beginning of the tea party, with all the auditioning kids not getting it and/or being little shits.

-A friend of Phoebe's, Name-Forgotten, who was the only one to understand the tea party bit, gets the part of the Red Queen, is rehearsing, and one little girl says 'Homo.' He says 'Homo got the part', and I fucking love that.


SugaryCynic said...

I saw this a couple of months ago and really dug it, I think I prefer Elle to Dakota. Also, "homo got the part" I loved that kid! The mom annoyed the hell out of me though, so deep in denial that something might be genuinely wrong with her kid. Oh, and the sister dressing up as Karl Marx for Halloween made me smile.

December 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM
Simon said...

Sugary: This whole movie made me smile. Except when Elle Fanning cries, the world cries.

December 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM
amy said...

Elle Fanning is adorable! Which in part makes me feel really old, seeing as she's now a teen, right?

This one is one of those films that not many people got to see. I remember it being on cable for some time, but then poof.

December 17, 2010 at 8:33 PM