It would be easy to say that this is the girl version of Napoleon Dynamite, but it’s actually a more watchable film than Napoleon’s offering.
Savannah Stehlin stars as the frizzy haired middle school girl with a ding a ling named Spork. Spork lives in the tiniest of trailers with her dirty faced older brother and numbs the pain of her teased existence by repeatedly watching The Wiz. One day she stands up against the snotty girl gang that is picking on her and gains the attention of her more outgoing trailer park neighbor, and an equally teased undersized boy in her class.
As the story plays out, you learn that some of these characters are missing key components to enjoying a well balanced life. This is handled in a manner that neither makes fun of the character nor talks down to the audience, and is reminiscent of John Hughs 1980’s teen dramedies. There are some singing and dancing numbers that could have easily come off as ridiculous and unbelievable, but again, it’s presented in way that makes the viewer feel as if they are a part of the fun.
Part of what makes the musical scenes work so well is the collaboration between director J.B Guhman Jr., film editor Philip J. Bartell, art director Nathan Carden, composer Timothy Kiefer, and co-composers Casey James and the Staypuff Kid. If just one of these individuals had not brought their A game, it could have been messy.
Don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself and see how all those contributions make the make everything about Spork just plain fantastic.