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Film: Curly Sue
Curly Sue is 1991 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes: his final film as director.

Bill (James Belushi) and Curly Sue (Alisan Porter) are a father-and-daughter team of con artists, who are taken in by lawyer Grey Ellison (Kelly Lynch) after she accidentally hits Bill with her car.

This film provides examples of:

  • Character Title
  • Family Versus Career: A question facing Grey.
  • Flopsy: Bill tries to pull this on Grey, with Curly Sue playing the concerned bystander ("You've killed him!"). Then Grey accidentally hits him for real ("Now you've really killed him!").
  • Little Miss Con Artist: Curly Sue.
  • Running Gag: Bill being struck on the head.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Paper Moon.
  • Traumatic Haircut: At some point while in the custody of the child welfare authorities, Sue's trademark very long, curly hair is cut to about shoulder-length, which seems to also make it look poofier. "They cut my hair" are the first words out of her mouth when Grey comes for her.

Cool as IceFilms of the 1990sThe Dark Wind

alternative title(s): Curly Sue
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