Film / Powder

Powder is a 1995 film starring Sean Patrick Flanery as Jeremy "Powder" Reed, a blindingly white, bald albino boy born with supernatural powers. Powder's mother had died during pregnancy and his father had disowned him, so his grandparents cared for him instead, though keeping him in the basement with nothing but books for solace. CPS agents take Powder from his home and to bring Powder into the outside world after his grandfather was discovered dead.

This film was directed by Victor Salva, who was guilty of molesting a 12-year-old child actor in 1988. Salva's victim would eventually come forward to get others to attempt to boycott the film, a possible reason for its disappointing box office revenues (US$31 million) The controversy and low return is probably why Disney—owner of the film's release label Hollywood Pictures—has never re-hired Salva since.

This film provides examples of:

  • Bullying a Dragon: The bullies try to strip Powder naked after they catch him checking out other boys in the shower.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Because her father's a raging bigot.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • If the characters depicted are any indication, it would seem that the country's worst bigots have all been dumped into this small town. You can count on one hand the characters who aren't openly hostile.
    • Suggested to be a conventional racist, Officer Harley's reaction to first seeing Powder leads to this.
    Sheriff Barnum: I never thought we'd find a man too white for you there, Harley.
  • Heel Realization: Officer Harley after Powder makes him feel the pain of the deer he shot. However, while it causes him to never use a gun again, his appearance at the end of the film shows that he's still a Jerkass who really, more than anything, resents Powder doing that to him.
  • Heroic Albino
  • Humans Are Bastards: One of the overall themes of the film.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Haley mentioned briefly about a medical report that claimed Powder's grandfather was electrocuted. Barnum scoffs it off. However seeing his powers lead us to believe that he may have either accidentally or intentionally killed his grandfather. Seeing what he did do John though implied he may have tried using the same technique to try to revive his grandfather.
  • Magical Defibrillator: With his powers, he is this.
  • Mistaken for Gay: One point of the film has Powder stare at one of the boys at the gym washing himself in a drinking fountain, but envious of the hair on his head and body that he lacks, not that he's sexually attracted to him. The other boys catch him for this, assuming he's gay.
  • Teens Are Monsters: John especially, although he's revealed to be like this because his step-father abused him. It's although implied he's possibly redeemed after Jeremy restarts his heart.