In any good children's film, you need solid performances from the kids, and Kelsey Keel and Michael Cera (George Michael from Arrested Development) deliver here. This movie also stars Juliette Lewis. But unlike in The Other Sister, she's not playing a 'tard. That performance represented Lewis' first break from the truck-stop slut milieu, and this role -- she plays the glamorous older sister who left town for the "big city" of Baton Rouge -- is her second. Who knew Lewis had a club called dignity in her bag? Makes you wonder how many actors like her get typecast so that you never see the depth of their talents.
The most amazing performance in Louisiana Sky, however, is delivered by Chris Owens, as Keel's retarded father who saves the town's main crop from a hurricane thanks to his ability to connect with nature. Unlike Lewis, Rosie O'Donnell, Sean Penn and Tom Hanks, Owens brings not a smidge of showiness to his 'tardtrayal, making this the best 'tardformance since Cliff Robertson's Oscar-winning turn in Charly.
Each week the author treks to the Schlafly branch of the St. Louis Public Library, where a staff member blindfolds him and escorts him to the movie shelves. After selecting a film at random, Seely checks it out and reviews it.
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