The Adventures of Ociee Nash

 
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Tale of 19th-century girl power will inspire modern kids.
  • Review Date: July 26, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie provides an interesting -- and believable-- glimpse into 19th century life. Ociee's father is a farmer, which requires that all of the children help run the farm. But since she is a girl, Ociee needs to learn the "womanly arts" of sewing, cooking, keeping house -- very necessary skills in the days before online shopping and take-out dinners. Though she resists this idea, Ociee is able to learn to be a "proper girl," while maintaining her tomboy bravery.

Positive messages

Ociee has survived a loss, but she is both strong and unafraid. She travels by herself on a train, meeting interesting people along the way. She is awarded a medal of bravery for saving someone's life.

Positive role models

Ociee is a great role model, especially because her push to be herself comes from within, rather than as a reaction to her surroundings. She is a strong female character with an indomitable soul.

Violence & scariness

Ociee has lost her mother, which brings tears to many peoples' eyes. When she is in Asheville, Ociee and her friend Elizabeth fight and roll in the grass, tearing their clothes. They become friends soon after. There is a man who sets a house on fire after threatening a neighborhood family. No one is hurt, though there's a moment where a family member is trapped in the house.

Sexy stuff

Aunt Mamie and Ben exchange a kiss at the end of the movie.

Language

"Durn."

Consumerism

Ociee remarks that her Aunt "sure has a lot of things" in her house. Some of these things are family heirlooms like hand mirrors and china. Aunt Mamie makes pretty dresses for clients.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ociee's mother has died. There's a scene where an arsonist sets a house on fire, though its inhabitants survive.  There's a slight religious context as Ociee's mother is said to be in heaven, folks attend church on Sunday, and Ociee prays to God to look over her family; these facts fit seamlessly into the context of 19th-century Southern culture.

What's the story?

It's Mississippi in 1898, and a girl named Ociee Nash (Skyler Day) has lost her mother to measles. Her father (Keith Carradine) clumsily tells her that he has plans to send her to Asheville, North Carolina to live with his sister, Aunt Mamie. In the days of trains and horse-drawn buggies, Asheville is a long way away. Much to her chagrin, Ociee is put on a train, where she meets interesting -- and important -- people from all across the country. Once she arrives in Asheville, her Aunt Mamie (Mare Winningham) has a devil of a time taking the country out of this tomboy. But even as Ociee slowly gains some grace and courtesy, she still maintains her courage, which is called upon in a very challenging situation.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Based on the book A Flower Blooms on Charolotte Street by Milam McGraw Propst, this movie succeeds in giving a glimpse of Southern life over 100 years ago when girls were meant to wear dresses, serve a proper tea, sew clothing, and keep a house. But the heroine of this movie does not fit into the mold: she wears "dungarees" and climbs trees. She's a unique individual who touches everyone around her with her fresh observations.

Though the acting is a little stiff as the movie begins, the characters settle into a believable and enjoyable rhythm. The clip-clop of horse's hooves and the tea taken on the porch are a refreshing change from the high-tech backdrop of many contemporary kids' movies. This is a highly recommended family choice for parents of girls who possess a little moxie!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Ociee is sent to her aunt's home. Why is it deemed necessary that she learn to be a proper young lady? How would this be handled today?

  • Ociee is nine years old. How does her life differ from 9-year olds in the 21st century? Take a peek at what kids her age are up to now.

  • Aunt Mamie does not believe Ociee when she tells her about the people she has met on the train ride. Is there an instance when you have told the truth but nobody believed you?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 13, 2004
DVD release date:August 23, 2005
Cast:Keith Carradine, Mare Winningham, Skyler Day
Director:Kristen McGary
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Great girl role models, History
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent Written byYankowski76 July 5, 2012
 

Great Family Night Film!

We watched this together as a family (mom, dad, 11 yr old girl, 7 year old boy and 3 yr old girl.) The movie exemplified OUR values: kindness, modesty, love, charity, etc) in a fun and entertaining manner even though the movie itself took place over 100 years ago. No objections to the religious content as we are Christians ourselves. A wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening..
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Adult Written byMamitadeTian June 10, 2011
 

Lovely family film

This is a sweet movie that highlights friendship and love. I especially love the fact that the fearsome stranger, a gypsy, turns into a warm friend by the end! Ociee is sent away from her father and brother, to be brought up by her aunt, and that opened up a conversation in our family about changing gender roles. There is a fire, which we are let to understand to have been intentionally set, and I was glad to have been able to warn my 5 year-old about it beforehand, so she was prepared for it. It was not scary in a way that might induce nightmares, though. Ever since we first watched it, my kids have asked to see this time and time again.
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Kid, 8 years old August 20, 2010
 
I LOVE ODDIE NASH AT MY SCHOOL WE HAD MOVIE NIGHT AND WE WATCHED IT THERE I NOTHING RONG WITH IT!! it tells you what to do be nice and other things
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