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New Waterford Girl (2000)




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This tale was inspired by scripter Fish's high-school reunion in New Waterford, where she discovered a new breed of girl (hence, the title). It riffs off the old city mouse, country mouse fable: All that Mooney wants is to become a writer and get out of town, while city slicker Lou thinks she's found the perfect place and yearns to fit in.

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Liane Balaban
as Agnes Marie `Mooney' Pottie
Andrew McCarthy
as Cecil Sweeney
Mary Walsh
as Cookie Pottie
Nicholas Campbell
as Francis Pottie
Cathy Moriarty
as Midge Benzoa
Sue Dalton
as Sandra
Darren Keay
as Lexter Pottie
Cassie MacDonald
as Darlene Pottie
Krista MacDonald
as Betty-Anne Pottie
Mark McKinney
as Doctor Hogan
Sam White
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for New Waterford Girl

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

This winning little comedy from Pump Up the Volume director Allan Moyle... is worth seeking on DVD.

October 19, 2007 | Full Review…

The film manages to remain engaging, because even if most of the film is about Mooney just being moody, it certainly looks good on her.

September 9, 2002 | Full Review…

A film which can be enjoyed on many levels.

April 2, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sweet, if not profound, with several laugh-out-loud moments, and a wonderful portrait of place.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 75/100

Audience Reviews for New Waterford Girl

Standing between their laneways in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, a coal-mining town on Cape Breton, Mooney Pottie (Liane Balaban) gives new-girl-in-town Lou (Tara Spencer Nairn) the grand tour: "My house; your house. There's the store, the mine, the main drag. Hospital; tavern; church, tavern, church-church-rink-school-trainstation-roadtoSydney." It's a fitting testament to the dreariness of Mooney's existence, the fourth of five children in a struggling family, but one who displays artistic talent and dreams of leaving, encouraged by her too-young male teacher, (Andrew McCarthy), as the town, like most small towns, and her family threaten to suck her back in. The movie has a unique Canadian soundtrack and the DIY ethos of a Bruce MacDonald pic, and Balaban in the main role is better than anything I've seen her do since. Gray clouds always loom over these vistas of roaring surf and clotheslines in the cold wind - which is funny in light of the excessivley sunny Newfoundland & Labrador tourism ads all over Canadian TV these days that feature identical shots - and the film seems depressing, for the most part. But somewhere in the middle - no spoilers here! - you find yourself suddenly and strongly rooting for this unconventional character to come into her own, (with help from her new friend). It's a quintessentially Canadian story, and at its core it's not unlike a great many of them, but it's told in a unique way with an ending that's perfect and powerful. A film that takes a bit of time to warm up to as you're watching it, but one that will leave you satisfied. Among the best Canadian flicks I've seen.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

New Waterford Girl is a quirky, largely implausible story about a young girl who dreams of leaving the small town in Nova Scotia where she grew up. Moonie (Liane Balaban), is a dreamer who doesn't quite fit in with the narrow-minded provincialism that living in the town of New Waterford on Cape Breton requires in order to prosper there. Enter Lou (Tara Spencer-Nairn), a girl from New York City, who inspires Moonie to put in motion a plan to get herself out of this backwater, involving a soiled reputation and a vendetta against the âguiltyâ�. As mentioned, there are some plot devices that defy logic, but the humorous way in which they unfold and the skill of the actors managed to get this viewer to suspend disbelief and just settle in to enjoy the show. The supporting cast was excellent. Cathy Moriarty, as the mom, and Nicholas Campbell, as the dad, were spot on. They exhibited the right combination of loving concern over their youngest daughter and her quirks mixed with a level of distraction that having five children often engenders. This one was fun and managed to exert a draw on the emotions with a cute ending that managed to stay away from becoming maudlin.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


Life is tough for Moonie Pottie in the small town - especially a coal-mining Cape Breton small town. A big city family moves into town, and Moonie and her new friend cause havoc in town. This movie is pretty good - easy for anyone from a small town to identify with.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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