Tiger Eyes is based on Judy Blume’s bestselling novel. It is directed by Lawrence Blume, Judy’s son. It is a coming-of-age tale that’s full of emotions. Judy Blume has sold more than 80 million copies of her young adult novels since her first book was released in 1969.
Blume is a groundbreaker. Her books have been banned in several schools and libraries because of her raw approach to controversial issues such as teen sex, divorce, menstrual trauma, masturbation, racism, and bullying.
Tiger Eyes is the first of her novels to be adapted into a movie. Her books show how the minds of teenaged girls work. Maybe the interior monologues scare off the major studios away. Tiger Eyes is first published in 1981 and yet it maintains to be relevant in this time and age. Young girls can
Willa Holland plays Davey, a 17 year old girl from New Jersey. She is coping with the death of her father in a shooting robbery. Her mother Gwen (Amy Jo Johnson) goes into depression and has to take pills to calm herself. This is why Davey is the one who takes care of her young brother Jason (Lucien Dale).
You can feel the grief Davey tries to overcome as she tries to hold to the ground that keeps on shifting. A major change to her family comes when they move to Los Alamos, New Mexico. Davey is placed under the care of her mother’s sister Bitsy (Cynthia Stevenson) and her husband Walter (Forrest Fyre).
A new home means a new life for Davey and her brother. She meets a new friend, Jane (Elise Eberle), who has her own issues. Davey also meets Martin (Tatanka Means), a Native American who is also known as Wolf.
Just like Davey, Wolf is suffering as his father Willie (Russell Means) is battling cancer in the hospital. Russell is Tatanka’s real father and their scenes really invoke a believable father-son relationship. Russell died after filming Tiger Eyes.
Tiger Eyes is full of emotions. This is a breakout movie for Willa Holland. Director Blume does a good job of adapting his mother’s novel into the big screen. The movie really feels like the novel.