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While imagining the childhood of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed once wrote, "There's only one good thing about a small town: you hate it, and you know you have to leave." A similar notion seems to have occurred to Mooney Pottie (Liane Balaban), a 15-year-old Canadian girl growing up in a village deep in the rugged coal mining area of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Mooney wants to be an artist and feels out of place among the rough-hewn villagers and her unsophisticated family. When her art teacher, Cecil Sweeney (Andrew McCarthy), tells her that he could arrange for her to attend an art institute in Manhattan, her parents refuse to allow her to go. Stranded in a place she hates, Mooney finally discovers a kindred spirit when new girl Lou (Tara Spencer Nairn) moves into the neighborhood. Lou's father was a boxer from Brooklyn, and she's inherited his talent for fisticuffs; Lou has a way with a sucker punch that soon has all the girls in town begging her to knock out their boyfriends when they get out of line. Mooney and Lou soon team up on a plan that will allow them to move on to bigger and better things. Canadian filmmaker Allan Moyle returned home for this comedy set in the mid-1970s, which features a soundtrack of classic Canadian rock, including vintage tracks by April Wine and The Stampeders. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1999


Awarded by
Genie Awards Nicholas Campbell Best Supporting Actor 2000 Nominee
Genie Awards Susan Maggi Best Editing 2000 Nominee
Genie Awards Norma-Jean Sanders Best Art Direction/Production Design 2000 Nominee
Genie Awards Mary Walsh Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
Genie Awards Debra Hanson Best Costume Design 2000 Nominee
Genie Awards Emanuel Jannasch Best Art Direction/Production Design 2000 Nominee


Allan Moyle
Jennifer Kawaja
Julia Sereny
Tricia Fish
Derek Rogers
Ben Johannesen
Composer (Music Score)
Longo Hai
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Maggi
Emanuel Jannasch
Production Designer
Norma-Jean Sanders
Production Designer
Tricia Fish
Associate Producer
Victor Loewy
Executive Producer
Christopher Zimmer
Executive Producer
Ted East
Executive Producer
Debra Hanson
Costume Designer
Alastair Gray
Sound/Sound Designer