Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for boot camp.
Spirited, probing and frequently hilarious, “Good Hair” coasts on the fearless charm of its front man and the eye-opening candor of its interviewees.
2009-10-08 | JEANNETTE CATSOULIS | Read the New York Times Review of Good Hair
David Strathairn delivers one of the most exquisitely nuanced performances of his career as Mr. Auster, a high-school English teacher tempted to seduce his star pupil, Meg (Agnes Bruckner), a beautiful and talented aspiring poet. The characters are carefully rendered in shades of gray. The teacher is a sensitive aesthete and a caring friend but also a lecher and a literary impostor. Meg, who grew up with her mother and her emotionally troubled younger sister in a home scarred by divorce, is part angel, part surly teenage rebel. The movie is an impressive debut for the director Karen Moncrieff, whose wised-up psychological radar takes in both sides of every situation. — Stephen Holden
2003-05-02 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Blue Car