Brief summary: Jeremy Reed (Sean Patrick Flannery) is an extraordinary young man, with uncommonly pale skin. Raised by his grandparents since his mother died while giving birth, Jeremy has spent all of his life in his grandparents’ basement, reading books and spending time alone, as his grandparents largely wanted nothing to do with him (because they thought he was too weird). The movie begins with a social worker (Mary Steenburgen) and local sheriff (Lance Henriksen) finding him living alone in the basement, after word of Jeremy’s grandparents’ death.
What follows is Jeremy’s reluctant attendance of high school, knowing he will face adversity because of his weird, shy/gentle behavior and ultra-pale skin. And tremendous adversity (stemming from ignorance and fear) is exactly what he faces, during his time in school. Thankfully, there are some who are open enough to get to know and appreciate Jeremy’s unexplainable gifts, including his science teacher (Jeff Goldblum), and social worker Mrs. Caldwell (Steenburgen).
Powder is required viewing for anyone with a heart…. but more so, required viewing for all the ignorant, hateful assholes in the world.
After you see this movie, I invite you to read my post (and the resulting thread/comments) at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) forums: “The major thing a lot of people seem to miss” by Chris Caulder. Only read that after you see the movie in its entirety (because it contains a lot of spoilers).
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