Ah, “I Accuse My Parents.” Sometimes I’ll go a long time without watching this one, and then when I finally see it again, I remember how funny it is. (This was part of last year’s Turkey Day marathon too, but I just never got around to watching it back in November.)
I always feel bad for Jimmy at the beginning of this movie, and a little embarrassed when his mom shows up to the school meeting drunk, but he keeps making everything worse for himself by lying, and—as Joel and the bots point out—being at times alarmingly stupid. Really, Jimmy? You had no idea that the guy who was paying you tons of money to deliver “packages” might be involved in crime? Really? I love Joel and the bots’ explanation for Jimmy’s oblivious state of mind, as depicted in a very nice mobile. Also, Truck Farming!
Tom: “As long as I talk really fast and do what he says I’ll be okay!”
Crow: “Now he’s selling his essays on the street.”
Jimmy: “Mom? Dad?”
Joel: “I won the “I got the crap kicked out of me” contest!”
Crow (as Jimmy): “I’m just gonna run away! I got peanut butter and underwear—that’s all I need!”
(The judge warns parents to pay attention to their kids.) Joel: “Though they probably aren’t as stupid as Jimmy.”
Crow: “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS FAMILY?!?!”
I have no sympathy for this movie namely because of the essay contest.
Jimmy’s entry is poorly-written, sappy, enforces gender roles, and contains absolutely NOTHING of interest or intrigue. And yet everyone was really, really, REALLY excited about this damn thing. It really does make me wonder what the hell the other entries were like if they were THAT impressed with it.