Little Secrets (Samuel Goldwyn Films) is part of a growth industry among Mormon filmmakers, though the only presence of Mormonism in this film is its location shooting in Salt Lake City.
Teenager Emily Lindstrom (Evan Rachel Wood) is such a stickler for honoring confidences that she builds a small business as confessor and secret-keeper for the other children in her suburban neighborhood.
Little Secrets caught much critical flak for being too squeaky-clean, but that's a bum rap. It works in a subplot involving drunken driving and engages the point well. Further, Little Secrets (and Richard Dutcher's much darker and challenging Brigham City from 2001) are models of how to tell faith-based stories without hammering people with theological lectures.
Douglas LeBlanc edits The CT Review.
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from Film Forum, 08/29/02
Little Secrets is full of human failings and misbehavior—deceit, dishonesty, pride, fear— but strangely void of that short list of behaviors some Christians single out as inappropriate. In spite of its sanitized context, the film has enough humor and spirit to keep young viewers, and perhaps some grownups, entertained. (My full review is at Looking Closer.)
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