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The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio Review


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Someone should tell Julianne Moore that this isn't how box office careers are made. If you want to play the same character over and over, have it be a model the multiplex masses can warm up to. Vince Vaughn has taken the smartass route; Ben Stiller the imbecile track. Who's going to connect with 1950s housewives? Not the key demographics, certainly.

At the same time, when Moore gives as brilliant performance as she does in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, who should stop her? Moore is in every scene in this true, against-all-odds story about a woman whose penchant for winning contests keeps her family financially afloat. The teary story combined with Moore's constant presence could lead to self-indulgent tedium. It doesn't for one simple reason: Julianne Moore becomes Evelyn Ryan, not the other way around.

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