A teenage girl (Addie Land) and her mother (Cara Seymour) are forced to move in with the mother’s mom, who owns a rickety shack on the outskirts of a Pacific northwest town. Miserable at home, the girl becomes involved with a boy at school (Noel Fleiss) and begins to idolize his rich parents (Bruce Davison and Mary Kay Place), overlooking their problems. This sincere first feature by writer-director Enid Zentelis is enlivened by Gary Farmer’s wonderful performance as the mother’s boyfriend, but it’s ultimately hamstrung by storytelling that seems both underdeveloped and overdetermined. PG-13, 86 min. (JR)

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