FINN’S GIRL (Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert). 88 minutes. Opens Friday (June 6). For venues and times, see Movies page 96. Rating: NN
The heart of Finn’s Girl is in the right spot, but the movie itself is all over the place.
Reproductive technology specialist Finn (Brooke Johnson) inherits the abortion clinic founded by her deceased lover and now has to mother daughter Zelly (Maya Ritter) on her own.
When a right-wing fanatic starts shooting at Finn, she gets protection from the police, including Diana (Yanna McIntosh), who could have a romantic interest in Finn.
Great set-up, yes. Then the film collapses under its over-complicated plot, fuzzy logic (no mum would leave an 11-year-old home alone when the household is receiving death threats by phone) and tidy resolutions.
Especially strange is the connection between Finn and Zelly. It’s written as if Zelly’s just been dropped into Finn’s life after the death of her other mother. I buy that grief can have a damaging effect on a relationship, but in this case you’d never know that these two have known and loved each other for over 10 years.
Cinematographer Patrick McGowan makes the film and Toronto look good, though, and the performances by mostly local actors, especially those of Ritter and Andrew Chalmers as her friend Max, are believable.