Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
You know when you were a kid and your parents would say things like, “Ignore the bullies! Just hang out with kids who are more like you!” and you would say, “But there’s no one else like me! I’m different!” Sure, we were wrong, and soon after we found others who were like us, but in Lucy’s case, she could say that with confidence, there is no other kid quite like her.
This was such a fun watch. I found the characters very relatable and the dialog was very natural and at times beautifully awkward, which just added to the feeling of being in school. I spent the whole film rooting for Lucy and feeling horrible for her when anything bad happened. Honestly, I really wanted to fight the girls who were being cruel to her. It almost felt like I would be helping the younger version of myself! The word “bitch” came up a lot while I was watching this, so I have to take a moment to say, great work Mary Nepi, Daryl Paris Bright, and Zanny Laird.
I found this short on YouTube and I am so happy that I took the time to watch it. Written and directed by Chelsea Lupkin, the film focuses on a young girl named Lucy (played by Irina Bravo) who is just discovering who she is and every day it seems like her body is changing just a little more. While we’ve all been in her shoes, facing the joys of puberty and high school, Lucy is definitely a unique case. The girls at her school go out of their way to make fun of her, even going so far as to pelt her with dodge balls during gym class. However, they seem to make fun of her more because of her interest in a young man named Brad (played by Zach Fifer). To make matters worse, Brad seems to like Lucy too, which only makes the girls hate her more. Soon, Lucy’s… let’s just call it… uniqueness, begins to show itself in a way that becomes hard for her to ignore. Lucy must figure out a way to handle bullies, new love, her mother, and an aspect about herself that she didn’t see coming.
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What a cool twist on a coming-of-age film. I loved the instant karma that kept popping up throughout, I spent many years wishing I could do the same! However, I really wish the scissors scene was bloodier! When I was a kid if I wanted something, I pushed through the pain! For example, I pierced my own ears, dealt with chemical burns from dying my hair too much, and even tried to pierce my own belly button, which didn’t work and now I just have a weird looking faint scar from it. My point is, I don’t think she would have stopped until she really felt the pain, so I just wish they went a bit further with that.
Was there True Fear? No, but it was still a great watch. I think the cast and crew did an amazing job bringing this story together and had they included more in that scissors scene, I believe it would’ve brought the True Fear that I was looking for.