Bethany Pruitt is a perpetually perplexed recent high school graduate (valedictorian of her home school class) who dreams of a life like those portrayed in the fashion magazines that serve as her link to the outside world. Her controlling mother June (Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad) would rather see Bethany pursue a college degree from the comfort of their living room. Following a particularly over-the-top scene of public humiliation in which both Bethany and her mother display their lack of public niceties, the 17-year-old flees her home for the safety of her scandalized father (Diedrich Baker) and his live-in boy toy (I believe that’s a term) played by a flamboyant as-you’ve-never-seen-him-before Haley Joel Osment. It’s a pleasant, quirky watch that eventually heads towards the formulaic where every character learns a predictable lesson and everything is tied up in a neat bow by film’s end. Light stuff.
Sassy Pants screens Friday, July 20 at 9:30 PM, and Sunday, July 22 at 5:00 PM as part of the Philadelphia QFest 2012.