I’m trying out a new column here…Freak Flag Flix ….will feature a “cult” film that is currently on Netflix’s instant watch. All the streaming addicts know the desperation that comes from feeling like you’ve seen everything good that is available streaming. Maybe you just need a break from your Breaking Bad marathon or you just want to push your boundaries a bit more into the bizarre. Anyway, each week I will point you toward a thoroughly weird but great under exposed film.
I humbly submit for your viewing pleasure: Spork
A colorful and foul-mouthed feature musical comedy.A film about a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked outcast named Spork who is trying to navigate her way through the annals of junior high. When a school dance show provides a chance for Spork to show up a mean girls gang, her trailer-park neighbor steps up to coach her with some “booty-poppin” moves. Featuring a vintage 90′s soundtrack (that includes 2-Live Crew, JJ Fad’s “SuperSonic,” Dimples T’s “Get It Girl”), a score by Casey James and the Stay Puft Kid; and extended school hall dance sequences, Spork is a film about standing out and fitting in.-Sporkmovie.com
It’s easy to call this the female Napoleon Dynamite but in many ways, Spork is much more strange and wonderful. Spork is a slightly disturbed young lady but it’s all very light-hearted and sympathetic.
The music and acting are the real draws here. It’s a great story of nerd pride but the buoyant electro-pop sounds of Casey James and the Stay Puft Kid are completely fresh sounding while being rooted in late 90′s indie electronica like Yo La Tengo. Savannah Stenlin is perfectly likeable and laughable as Spork and Sydney Park is a firecracker as the krumping 12 year old Tootsie Roll. I can see Stenlin’s career going places soon.
J.B. Gruman Jr. directed and wrote this little gem that went under most people’s radar. It has nice little details like video gamey sound effects similar Scott Pilgrim vs The World. If you like odd-ball films at all, I feel confident you will like this dark yet uplifting one.