Troop Zero (2019) is an American comedy film of a group of underprivileged children dreaming against odds. It is not a unique story, yet I liked the film as it was unpretentious and frank on the issues faced by kids when they are not from supportive communities. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video.
In rural Georgia of 1977, Christmas Flint, a 10-year old girl, dreams of aliens and outer space all the time. It is her only solace for her after her mother died. One day she learns of a program by NASA to record the sounds of the earth to be sent to outer space in a golden record. The qualification is to participate and win in the state girls scouts (birdie) jamboree event. Christmas assembles a team of fellow misfits and gives it a go.
Later in a performance on stage, Christmas pees in her pants when things go bad – not to leave her alone, her friends join with her – the solidarity shown by them at that age was touching to the others off stage and to us.
Starting with Mckenna Grace as Christmas Flint, the casting for the kids were perfect. All of them played their roles convincingly. The simplicity of the screenplay was the highlight of an otherwise ordinary film.