Two misfits - Marcy and petty thief Seth meet shop-lifting in their upstate New York hometown. Marcy wants to get a hold of some particular Barbie doll and they take off to Toronto searching for it. Marcy needs pills to take care of her muscle spasms and one of the pharmacists, thinking she is a junkie, shoots her in a leg. They are picked up by lonely widower Walter, who is kind to them.
Watchable, though unspectacular.
- Niagara, Niagara review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The storyline of 'Niagara, Niagara' revolves around the characters of Marcy and Seth. Marcy is extrovert loner from a wealthy family who suffers from Tourettes Syndrome. Thomas is a timid and withdrawn loner who spends his days shoplifting as a way of coping living with his verbally and physically abusive father. When the pair meet in a local store Marcy's extrovert nature pushes them into a rapid friendship and romance, and when Marcy complains that she cannot find a black version of a make-up doll she wants in American stores, she prompts the pair to embark on a spontaneous road trip to Canada to find one. Though what originally starts out as a well intentioned and sweet road trip with two lonely misfits finding love and sanctuary in each other, soon snowballs violently out of control as they both bring out the worst in each other which ultimately causes both more misery and heartache than they ever started out with. Although the story moves along at a decent pace and both leads put in respectable performances, as a whole the film comes off feeling a bit flat, mainly due to the two main characters and their subsequent actions making for a pretty unlikable couple. Overall, the best way of describing 'Niagara, Niagara' is that it's like weak mix of 'True Romance' and 'Harold And Maude'; the trouble is that it lacks everything that made both those films so good. If you're looking for a watchable indie road movie then 'Niagara, Niagara' is worth a look, though if you haven't seen 'True Romance' or 'Harold And Maude' then give this a miss and rent them out first.