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:
- Calling Parents by Their Name: Curly Sue explains why she calls her father Bill: "Well...If I'm in a crowded place and I yell...'Dad!' 50 guys would turn around. If I yell 'Bill!' maybe two will turn around. It's a timesaver, really."
- Character Title
- Department of Child Disservices: The social worker who apprehends Curly Sue gives the impression of being cold and methodical as opposed to the destitute but fatherly Bill; the home she is placed in appears to be a similarly cold, emotionless place and they also cut Sue's hair there.
- 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.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Subverted. Sue appears out of character and somewhat uncomfortable in the cute clothes Grey buys her. Bill also feels out of place in his new suit.
- 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.