Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

Underseen, saccharine coming-of-age tale from the guy who went on to make another nice-but-nothing-much movie, Secondhand Lions. Lovely handling of setting, stopping short of earning the adjective “anthropological” but still blatantly autobiographical. Raised Baptist in a white suburban Cincinnati enclave, I found plenty of the church kid stuff relatable. But this is far too tidy and predictable to resonate, right down to Ethan Embry’s “everyone has a friend like him” comic relief. Incredible title, though.