Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
This is far from a perfect film, but the parts which work, do so really, really well.
And most of those parts are the ones featuring young actress Jo Ellen Pellman, who rocks in her debut movie, outshining all-timers like Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.
As a young lesbian who wants to take her girlfriend to their Indiana high school prom, only to find a great deal of (temporary) resistance, Pellman glows with a rare light every time she’s in front of the camera.
A star is born, with a song on her lips.