This was definitely one of my favorite films out of the festival this year. It is so fun, so witty, so heartwarming, at times heartbreaking, and so on point. This "little" Canadian film stole my heart away. I laughed out loud so much my face hurt afterwards.
Don't Talk to Irene is the story of an obese fifteen year-old teenager, who just wants to be a cheerleader. Her mother was a cheerleader, but after becoming pregnant in high school, decided her daughter was not going to make the same mistake, so raised her with no internet, no television, and no mobile phone. Can you imagine a kid without a mobile phone today? These days, babies learn to master an iphone before they can even master putting a sentence together!
So, life as an outcast for Irene is difficult, and her only consolation is Geena Davis, whose A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN poster is taped to Irene's bedroom ceiling, and whose voice reminds Irene there is no quitting. After being suspended from school, she and the bullies who got her there are sentenced to community service at a convalescent home. Eventually, she gets all the apathetic residents up and training to win a televised competition with her where they are all going to do a cheer routine. So, you can only imagine the hilarity that ensues.
It's a total kickass and endearing movie, I can't tell you how much I love it. The feel-good, cross-generational story is ripe with humor and life lessons for all. I cannot wait for all of you to get the chance to see this movie. It's truly a gem.
BIG LOVE & HUGS