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New Waterford Girl (1999)

TV-PG | | Comedy | 21 January 2000 (USA)
A gifted teenager dreaming of life beyond her small town becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

Director:

Allan Moyle

Writer:

Tricia Fish (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liane Balaban ... Mooney Pottie
Tara Spencer-Nairn ... Lou Benzoa
Mary Walsh ... Cookie Pottie
Nicholas Campbell ... Frances Pottie
Cathy Moriarty ... Midge Benzoa
Andrew McCarthy ... Cecil Sweeney
Darren Keay Darren Keay ... Lexter Pottie (as Darren Kaey)
Kevin Curran Kevin Curran ... Joey
Krista MacDonald Krista MacDonald ... Betty-Anne Pottie
Cassie MacDonald ... Darlene Pottie
Adrien Dixon Adrien Dixon ... Felix Pottie
Patrick Joyce Patrick Joyce ... Darcy Benzoa
Lorne Pardy Lorne Pardy ... Father Madden
Mark McKinney ... Doctor Hogan
Susan Quinn Susan Quinn ... Sandra (as Susan Laney Dalton)
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Sometime in the 1970s, 15-year-old loner Agnes Marie "Mooney" Pottie dreams of escaping existence in New Waterford, a coastal Nova Scotia town on Cape Breton Island. She quietly scorns most of the people around her, including her large family, who don't share her sensibilities; her fiercely-Catholic family think she's weird. She thinks she's realized her dream when, with the help of her teacher Cecil Sweeney (who came to New Waterford to find himself and is still looking) she wins a scholarship to a New York art school. When her parents don't let her go, she devises a plan to escape New Waterford. Meanwhile, a bit of NYC comes to New Waterford when Lou Benzoa and her dance-instructor mother temporarily move in next door to the Potties to escape the Bronx until "the stink dies down." Lou becomes friends with Mooney and quickly gains a reputation as the female Equalizer, whose powers only work on the guilty. Written by Huggo

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Get Pregnant Now. Lose Virginity Later.

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Trivia

When writer Tricia Fish moved to New Waterford at age 13 with her family, her six-year-old brother ran into their kitchen one day all bloody, and happily said, "I made a friend!" She incorporated this into the movie, in an identical scene with the character of Darcy, Lou's little brother. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1970's, and as the two girls (Moonie and Lou) are driving along the coast to the bonfire place, there is a visible blue Dodge Neon parked in one of the houses. Dodge Neon was introduced the mid-1990's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Moonie Pottie: I wasn't really born here, you know. When I was a tiny infant, my real mother, a famous opera singer, dropped me from a silver jet as she passed over what she saw as a beautiful tropical coastline. God's country.
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Lee Oompa Kum Pah Pah
Performed by Leigh Ashford
Written by Gord Waszek, Buzz Shearman and Joe Agnello
Published by Alota Music
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10 November 2002 | by Lucky-63See all my reviews

Clever, smart, modern coming-of-age pic made in Canada (surprise! a movie *this* cool made in Canada?)

What would it be like to grow up in the Canadian maritime provinces *and be different*?

Well the heroine Moonie (this a movie about girls! so it has some cute -- but not too cute -- guys too) *is* different. But so is everyone else. In fact, they're all too different, you don't really see the creeps, burnouts, basket cases that small-town life invariably throws up.

On the other hand, this *is* a movie. Moonie's family is loaded with characters and they're all cool ... sorta. Even the 'rents, in their own way.

Many characters are hilarious without losing their humanity. The whole town's Catholic and mostly Irish at that. Most situations are like real-life teenhood ... so sex is a predominant element. The setting is *very* real -- it's every backwater set-by-the-water hole-in-one that every teen longs to escape (sorry Rockford IL, but close enuf for IFMN).

Moonie's girlfriend, from New York (where Moonie yearns to go ... or any other place she's memorized the street map for), is a sweet and heavy-duty friend -- right outta Dazed and Confused -- who's the daughter of a jailed boxer and drives a rez car. In fact, substitute Indians in this movie and it'd work the same.

I won't go on and on, you get the driftwood. Fans of Linklater, Trainspotters, Depp and the ilk (like me) will enjoy NWG.


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21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Dziewczyna z New Waterford See more »

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$774,469

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