SPORK (2010)

spork

Written & Directed By: JB Ghuman Jr.
Cinematography By: Bradley Stonesifer
Edited By: Phillip J. Bartell

Cast: Savannah Sthelin, Sydney Park, Rachel G. Fox, Rodney Eastman, Beth Grant, Elaine Hendrix, Keith David, Yeardley Smith, Chad Allen, Richard Riehle

A colorful and foul-mouthed feature musical comedy. A film about a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked outcast named Spork who is trying to navigate her way through the annals of junior high. When a school dance show provides a chance for Spork to show up a mean girls gang, her trailer-park neighbor steps up to coach her with some “booty-poppin” moves. Featuring a vintage ’90s soundtrack (that includes 2-Live Crew, JJ Fad’s “SuperSonic,” Dimples T’s “Get It Girl”), a score by Casey James and the Staypuft Kid; and extended school hall dance sequences, Spork is a film about standing out and fitting in.

Now here is an original piece of cinema that needs to be discovered by more people and audiences.

I can’t say enough good things about this film. It is a film that deserves better then it is getting. it is a gem stuck in the middle of a mediocre wasteland of cinema. Now i will admit it is not the best film technical wise. I must say though it is the film that i have enjoyed the most so far this year. So it is on top of my list of the best films of the year (So Far)

Some will say the film is derivative of the film NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. In certain aspects yes only this film actually has a message about acceptance. Is more original and not as broad as the former. It is also funnier, but the humor here is borderline offensive in some scenes but the whole film is done with a overall sweetness and naievete that you know it’s not malicious. Though the film stars children, Due to language it is a film that might not be suitable for younger kids. It might be the fact that the language and jokes come out of the mouths of children that makes it feel not as dirty and more humor inducing.

I love that the film is so colorful and seems to be stuck on a early to mid nineties hip hop feel and flow as far as music and style. The film is also partly a musical with quite a few dance scenes.

This film is so likeable because i relate to it as will anyone who has ever truly been a outcast or felt like one. Since the films overall message is tolerance. While it mainly deals with situations with humor. The emotions and dram sprinkled in ring of truth and are affecting.

The film is a coming of age film that is laugh out loud funny. Though at times it is dark around the edges it is heartwarming. If i had to compare the film to any others that i have seen. it would be NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and one of my favorites WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. only this film has more heart and isn’t as cynical. Which makes it harder for the film in the marketplace. I tend to enjoy films like this because of the fact of the overall sweetness involved and that is rare. the film has a certain innocence about it which is refreshing in a cynical world. That is how i feel about most children’s films that i watch. Here it doesn’t seem as manufactured and feels to a certain degree genuine.

It feels a bit naughty while also having an innocence and campiness to spare.

The Young cast excels especially Sydney Park as Tootsie Roll, expect to see good things happen to her in her career. As she is definitely the one character you will remember the most. As she is the most confident and energetic throughout.

The film also addresses prejudice and racism, As well as classism.

I really like the direction of this film as it goes from gritty to surreal in a moments notice and from Raunchy to sweet also. I really can’t wait to see the next feature by JB Ghuman Jr in the future he is definately one to keep your eye on.

DEFINATELY a must see and a addition to the film library. As even i watched it in it’s limited theatrical run twice and as soon as it was available bought the DVD.

GRADE: B+

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