What's Wrong with the '90s?
For one, Forrest Gump beat Pulp Fiction for best picture of 1994. In that year, as Norm MacDonald put it, Jodie Foster and Tom Hanks were competing for a controversial new Oscar category: Best Retard. And the Academy voted for the wrong one.
I just watched Nell, where Jodie Foster plays a "wild woman," an almost feral child who was raised in Squalor, West Virginia. She gives an amazing performance, in and out of the nude. At times it is as smarmy as Gump, and one scene where she is teased by young goons in a store made me wonder if it was going to be The Accused part 2, but I truly enjoyed this movie. Liam Neeson Plays a local doctor who discovers her when he goes to check on one of his elderly lady patients who lives out in the sticks, but she's passed away and he finds Nell, her secret daughter.
Nell has never learned to speak properly because the old woman had palsy; I won't tell more, because the story that unfolds is what will keep you gripped to the screen. Admittedly, I've always been fond of stories in Appalachia, and while this does have the '90s taint of the feel-good movie, and an insipid soundtrack, it's a rewarding film to view. Maybe a bit long, maybe a tad predictable, but Neeson and Foster give enjoyable performances that make it time well spent. And from a pervy point of view, if you think Jodie Foster is hot, you get to see her au naturel and in her prime here. If John Hinckley saw this film, he'd explode.