Dakota and Tom sittin' in a tree...

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a catchy title, much better than, say, The Girl Who Was Somewhat Indifferent About Dennis Eckersley. It features a "plucky" nine year old girl, so it was pretty much a given that they were going to cast Dakota Fanning when they turned it into a flick. She's pretty much cornered the market on her age group; I'm sure there's thousands of kiddie actresses of her age out there that aren't going to invite her to their birthday party.

Be forewarned, I'm about to say a couple of things that may be perceived as a bit negative about Dakota Fanning. So Dakota, sweetie, if you're reading this, go do something else you normally do. You know, like reading the New York Times Book Review or playing mahjong. Thanks, honey.

I just watched The Goodbye Girl recently, and Marsha Mason says to her kid "You were never four and a half, you were born 26." That's Dakota Fanning. Everybody seems to think she's the second coming of Jodie Foster, but call me blind...I just can't see it. She just doesn't ring true to me as being a genuine kid; she gives off that same vibe of manufactured creepy pseudo-adultness that the Jon Benets of the world do, minus the "sexuality" and whore ensembles.

Dakota's ten years old now, in three years could you possibly see her playing Iris in Taxi Driver like Jodie did at thirteen? I don't hate Dakota Fanning or anything, but she simply doesn't have the range. When Dakota wins two Best Actress Oscars, I'll fully admit I was wrong, but believe me, I won't lose sleep at night worrying about the possibility.

So, Dakota, here's your big chance to convert me. You've got George Romero directing you in an adaptation of a Stephen King book where you basically carry the whole shebang. I beg of thee, on my knees, if you have it in you, please break your streak and play the part as a plucky nine year old girl. It hinges on a kid being alone in the woods, not Michelle Pfeiffer.

Related tune: Don't Believe The Hype by Public Enemy (Real Audio via deadbeatclub.com)

posted by drew on 5/14/2004

Back to drew's blog-o-rama?

Drew's Blog-O-Rama:

Obviously, I'm not trying to re-invent the movie blog wheel here. I'm just never lacking in opinions about movies, pop culture, news, and other assorted hoohah. And my mailman has put a restraining order on me, so here's my place to vent.

techie stuff
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to your Kinja digest
Subscribe with Bloglines
rss feed
atom feed

The Archive
the main page
december 2005
november 2005
october 2005
september 2005
august 2005
july 2005
june 2005
may 2005
april 2005
march 2005
feburary 2005
january 2005
december 2004
november 2004
october 2004
september 2004
august 2004
july 2004
june 2004
may 2004
april 2004
march 2004
february 2004
january 2004
december 2003
november 2003
october 2003
september 2003

Get outta here, already.
drew's script-o-rama
email me
aol im: scriptorama

Blogs I Dig

Blogcritics: news and reviews