Skipped Parts (2000)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Jan 5, 2001 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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The production company Trimark had theatrical expectations for this title in 2001, but a test release failed to indicate there would be significant business for a coming-of-age saga set in 1963 Wyoming, even with the very hot Drew Barrymore and the always respected Jennifer Jason Leigh. Trimark did the right thing: Skipped Parts is not Summer of '42, and mainstream appeal would have been elusive. But as a video, Skipped Parts is perfectly acceptable fare, especially if viewers expect no more than a well-mounted cable television production. The low-key laughs are refreshingly sincere, with none of the gross-out factor that defines modern teen comedies, and the characterizations are oddly charming. Leigh is a bit over the top, but her fans expect that, and Barrymore is limited to a few camped-up cameos as the obscure object of desire, but it's still Barrymore in a nightgown. Viewers who don't expect much will be charmed, though an issue raised in an uncomfortable middle section could be touchy with some viewers.