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Good movie with a great script and great performances by Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. A little slow moving but the performance are great - Martin Sheen is especially creepy.
Jodie Foster plays a girl who lives alone in a house she rented with her father, a writer. As far as everyone in town knows the girls' father is just a busy man with no time for visitors. But her landlady is dying to meet her father and the woman's son (Martin Sheen) is dying to get into Jodie's pants. Dad is just plain dead and the girl will do anything to protect her way of life.
There is one nude shot - it was not Jodie who at the time was a minor, the girl is actually her 18 year old sister -, murder and a psycho pervert so the movie is not for kids.
This is movie can be described as a strangely entertaining, off beat drama. It stars Jodie Foster, when she was 13 years old, playing a girl who lives along, and definitely doesn't live the typical teenage girl lifestyle. She doesn't go to school and is living off of money left by her dead father, in a house her father rented for her before he died. She encounters a few problems along the way, like a nosy landlady and a pedophile played by Martin Sheehan. She also finds friendship. There is murder and intrigue. The movie ends with you wondering, what will become of her? It is definitely worth watching.
Engrossing offbeat thriller about a highly intelligent, perceptive and responsible 13 year old named Rynn Jacobs, played by Jodie Foster, who lives all alone in a big house in the U.S. that she and her dad leased for 3 years after moving from England, rent all paid in advance. Her dad is never home, and her mom died a few years earlier. She has a totally cool boyfriend named Mario played by Scott Jacoby, and then there is the totally revolting pedophile Frank Hallet played convincingly by Martin Sheen. The pedophile has the hots for 13 year old Rynn, and she absolutely cant stand him. There is something hidden in the basement, I wont say what, but the mother of the pedophile is Cora Hallet, played by Alexis Smith, who owns the lease to the house where Rynn is living, and Mrs. Hallet like her son, is a total jerk, only not a sexual pervert. Anyway, some people begin to dissappear, and things really get interesting. Jodie Fosters charm and charisma are at maximum level in this engrossing psychological thriller. Based on a novel by Laird Koenig, who also wrote the script. Will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This movie originally aired on television quite some time ago. A mystery that makes you think of the possibility that a little girl could live on her own in a big house, in a small town. There is only one problem, a bothersome landlord and her perverted son. It's fascinating in the instance that living alone as a child for many years provided there was access to money, which she had, and others wouldn't interfere, especially trying to investigate why a young girl is not in school. The movie captured your attention, explained much, and offered many surprises. I didn't like the love affair the young children had. It's inappropriate, but the movie is what the movie is.
I bought this movie based on reviews I read which stated that this was a bomb movie. It was! Like that of a a firecracker you throw on the ground. You know, the safety ones that are white and implode/explode on impact when hitting concrete. Certainly not like one with all the pizazz of a real firecracker of a movie. It so did fizzle out for me. The acting was mediocre at best for all the actors in it. I guess they were young and still developing. I still like Jodie Foster though. She did not deliver as did not her co-actors. It was a grown up part for what was supposed to be a little girl down the lane. So, I don't know. If you are just a die hard fan of hers and Martin Sheen, then buy it. If not, wait until you can tivo or vhs or dvd it when it comes on regular tv. It should be given away. Thankfully, the price wasn't bad. With all that said, it was not the absolute worst movie I've ever seen. Maybe that's serves a consolation to you guys in case you still may want it. It's watchable if you have nothing else to watch or you are just a classics buff. I hope this helps.