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Daltry Calhoun
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04.05.2006 By: Sturdy
Daltry Calhoun order
Director:
Katrina Holden Bronson

Actors:
Johnny Knoxville
Juliette Lewis
Sophie Traub

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A precocious teenage girl meets her eccentric father for the first time while her mother battles cancer. Her timing couldnít have been worse since her father is struggling to keep his business afloat and his love life active.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite what the filmmakers want you to believe, Johnny Knoxville was not the main star of this movie, Sophie Traub was. Knoxvilleís character (Daltry Calhoun) is just another person in the life of this troubled, yet interesting girl that is coming to terms with who and what she is.

The movie feels as if it intended to go in one direction and then abandoned the original concept in favor of giving more screen time to Knoxville. Itís really a coming of age tale for a fourteen year-old girl and not a whole lot more. Granted, sheís in difficult circumstances, but she has many interesting things affecting her and not one of them is Daltry Calhoun. So thatís where the movie falters. If they had stuck with telling a story about a fourteen year-old girl dealing with her motherís death and meeting her father, it wouldíve been better. But they attempted to add to many frivolous sub-plots that distracted from the film and left the audience disinterested.

Thatís not to say that Johnny Knoxville didnít do well in his first non-Jackass type roll, because he did a decent job as did the rest of the cast. I liked the performance of Sophie Traub, but at times she seemed like she was playing naÔve instead of actually being naÔve. I think a younger actress couldíve pulled off the roll a little better because it wouldíve added more consistency to the roll that Sophie lacked.

I found this movie to be a little empty on most accounts. It never really found itís groove and I think that had a lot to do with first time director Katrina Holden Bronson. Sheís a talented writer and director and Iím sure her follow-up movies will be more polished that Daltry.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Katrina Holden Bronson, Danielle Renfrew and Quentin Tarantino: Amazingly enough, Quentin is actually quiet for periods throughout this commentary. Katrina and Danielle offer tidbits about the filming and Quentin acts as a moderator to keep it moving. He did a really good job of helping first time commentators Katrina and Danielle along. However, if youíre planning on watching this for a patented QT commentary, you might be disappointed because he doesnít offer a whole lot to the track.

Bloopers (3:46): This is actually a decent collection of outtakes. It should be noted that this feature should be rated ďRĒ while the film itself is rated ďPG-13Ē. I was surprised and impressed they didnít bleep out the naughty words.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (7:48): Well, except for the last scene, all of these only exacerbate the problems I had with the movie, so itís good they were left out. The final scene is part of another plot event that didnít happen, so it obviously feels out of place.

The Making of Daltry Calhoun (11:48): I donít think itís appropriate to call this a ďmaking ofĒ featurette because the filmmakers didnít talk much about making the movie. They talked more about the inspiration and the efforts put into the film. It was decent enough, but didnít offer any special insight into the film.

The B Team (3:47): Dave Koechner, Kick Gurry and Juliette Lewis all arrived on the set after everyone else, so they decided to call themselves the ďB-teamĒ. This is their story. If you like any one of these actors, then this might be interesting, otherwise, youíll feel like an outsider that doesnít get an inside joke.

There are also some Trailers and a Music Video.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I felt DALTRY CALHOUN lacked focus and direction. It didnít tell this girlís story adequately and I think the desire to focus on Johnny Knoxville is the reason. There are better coming of age movies around (MY GIRL for starters) and this one doesnít do teenage angst justice.
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