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Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute Review


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Janice Beard is frequently compared to Amelie. Or more to the point, Janice Beard's producers frequently compare it to Amelie, which is as scurrilous a comparison as you can find.

While both films star single girls with a fondness for fantasy life, Eileen Walsh's Janice isn't half as charming as Audrey Tautou's French pixie. How so? While Amelie spends her days in bistros and on amazing adventures in her neighborhood, Janice works as a relatively incompetent temp in Scotland. Janice's fantasies are drawn from her attempts to entertain her mother, who went crazy when Janice's father died during mom's childbirth. (Har har!) While Amelie takes great pains to appear stylish (oh, that hair!), Janice is a wallflower, dressed in hand-me-downs, with bug eyes and buckteeth, a la Toni Collette in Muriel's Wedding, a film which Janice Beard offers a far stronger resemblance to than Amelie.

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