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New Waterford Girl is a 1999 Canadian comedy directed by Allan Moyle. Moonie Pottie (Liane Balaban) is a 15-year-old girl living in the small town of New Waterford, Nova Scotia. Since Moonie is intelligent and artistic, she feels like an outcast among the rough, coal-mining townspeople. Even her father, Francis (Nicholas Campbell), and mother, Cookie (Mary Walsh), do not understand why she loves to read and longs to be an artist. When the town's high school art teacher, Cecil Sweeney (Andrew McCarthy), finds out that Moonie loves making art, he tells her that he can help her get a scholarship at an art school in Manhattan. Moonie really wants to go to the school, but her parents refuse to give her permission. When Moonie meets her new neighbor Lou (Tara Spencer Nairn), a tough, streetwise teen originally from New York City, they hatch a plan together to get Moonie out of New Waterford.