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There are many things I don't understand. Perhaps you, my friends, can help me. Or maybe these things baffle you too. To this end, I am going to ask questions about some of these puzzling issues. And here is the first one...

Why do film and TV producers keep casting horrible sassy, wise-cracking children in their movies and shows? Does anyone, anywhere like these kids? I mean, is there anyone on the face of the earth who can look at a smug child with weird hair* who says things like "I don't think so!" while crossing its arms and smirking, and not want to push it off a cliff? I don't think so! I know many films and TV programmes have to have children in them, but surely there are plenty of genuinely appealing child actors, who would be able to grace our screens without us wanting to kill them. After all, every so often they make an appearance - that kid who was in Matilda was sweet (although she's probably about 16 now, of course), and then there was the wonderful Jodie Foster. And yet, the horrible sassy children keep appearing on films and television programmes. Why? WHY?

*They always have weird hair, especially if they're boys, and are especially fond of sporting freaky too-long pudding bowl do's. Sob.


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Jan. 8th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if they actually know any normal children.
Jan. 8th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I hate that child from Matilda, I always wanted to smack her. I found her overly sweet (and very annoying).

I think ladyxoc is right and these tv people just don't know any real children.

My favourite child actor is probably Thora Birch in All I want for Christmas and Hocus Pocus. And the little boy who played Nicholas in The Others , he was great!
Jan. 8th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
I was going to mention The Others -- that movie was wonderful, and much of that was because the child actors were so good.

Anna, are ads for the movie Are We There Yet? playing where you live? It's about these two horrid children who endlessly torment their mother's new boyfriend when he has to take them on some kind of road trip. I shudder just thinking of the previews. Annoying kids can ruin a movie just by appearing in a few scenes, so when someone builds an entire movie around the idea that annoying kids are funny, it's just... NO.
Jan. 9th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oh good Lord, that sounds dreadful. Luckily the trailer hasn't appeared here yet (although now I feel the masochistic urge to go over to Apple and look at it online...).
Jan. 8th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Jan. 8th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
me, too. i've always wanted to smack those children around.
Jan. 8th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Do British casting directors do this too? I thought it was only USian ones.

When *I* was a child actor, I was sweetness and light.

Jan. 8th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hee, I assumed that you were not one of these children!

And, children in British films and TV aren't usually nearly as annoying as their USian counterparts, but there have been some godawful ones...
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Jan. 8th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I suppose that makes sense - although I hated those kids when I was a child too!

And until it turns out that you've approved of a script in which a sassy, smart-ass kid saves the day, I won't blame you for the industry's evils!
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