Indie Gems: Permanent

Middle school is hell. 

Aurelie (Kira McLean) is about to attend a new school and wants to get a perm. Her parents, Jeanne (Patricia Arquette) and Jim (Rainn Wilson) are tight on cash so she goes to a hair school and it goes horribly wrong. On top of Jim fretting about med school and Jeanne being kind of a spaz, Aurelie is at an awkward spot in life.

Whenever I rent an independent film from Netflix, I always make sure to watch the trailers. They usually have something that never got on my radar and Permanent is one of those films. 

The best way to describe it is "cute." It's nothing mind blowing. It falls victim to one of the most annoying tropes out there - over the top bullying - but McLean, Arquette and Wilson have wonderful chemistry and watching their family antics was a decent way to spend the evening.

I don't think you need to rush out to see this, but if it ever streams on Netflix or another platform, give it a go. 

Grade: C+

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "If you try to please all the dipshits of the world you'll be in an elevator going straight down." - Jim (Rainn Wilson)


  1. I have never heard of this one. But I think I'll take your advice and hold off for Netflix.

    1. Yeah, it's cute, but no rush. If you ever come across it, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. After looking at newly-rediscovered horrific pictures of me in middle-school, my wife was admitted a certain level of shame about a middle school perm she took a class photo with.

    Meaning? Sounds like a must watch in the Brown household.

    1. Yes you should! I think your wife would probably like this one.


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