The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is an offbeat drama set in the 1950's and 60's. It stars Julianne Moore, and Woody Harrelson as the working class parents of no less than ten children.

This movie is based on a true story, and the real children are shown at the end. This adds a sense of realism that is hard to simulate. The details of the story are not sugar coated, which also gives it a healthy dose of reality.

The story chronicles the struggle of trying to raise ten children in middle America. Complicating the family dynamics is that the father is an alcoholic. What keeps the family afloat is that the mother wins a series of manufacturer contests. Hearkening to a past era, the contests require completing jingles about a company's products. This provides the bulk of the entertainment of this somewhat different film.

If you're looking for a film that highlights the America of mid last century, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is well worth viewing. It's definitely a change from the usual "formula films" that Hollywood puts out.

Overall Grade: B+

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