Hilary Duff (rather like Miley Cyrus) is currently bursting at the seams to break away from her Disney kiddy-flick image and show the world she can play dark and sexy.
I wouldn't term this 2008 movie dark and sexy per se, but it does give Hilary a good platform to work with adult material. She plays a complex character, torn by angst and suicidal thoughts and overall she delivers a great performance.
The story: Duff plays a young girl, Greta, who reluctantly arrives in a small New Jersey town to spend the holidays with her grand parents. She is angry and has a delightfully bad and cynical attittude played well by Duff, who is always pleasant on the eye. Paradoxically, her grandparents show her that there's a lot to live for. Oh and, there's a holiday romance too, with the charismatic short order chef Julie (a guy by the way), who shows Greta a little tough love.
This film is no blockbuster epic, but it's intelligent, well-directed and thoroughly watchable.