My Kid Could Paint That

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
My Kid Could Paint That
Tracks the overnight celebrity of Marla Olmstead, a toddler who creates gallery-worthy paintings on the dining room table of her family home. Sales of her paintings reach $300,000. Then the bubble burst. When a 2005 profile by '60 minutes' suggests that Marla had help making her paintings, the finger is pointed at her father, an amateur artist and night manager at Frito Lay. Almost overnight, her family is ensnared in a web of accusation and denial - the burden of proof placed squarely in their lap. Is Marla a child prodigy or an innocent victim of a hoax?

Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2008]
ISBN: 9781424883080
Branch Call Number: DVD 704.083 MY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 83 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 20, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Engrossing documentary about a supposed child prodigy who, at the age of 5, was having her abstract paintings sold for tens of thousands of dollars. When her actual artistic abilities are called into question and people begin to suspect her father (also a painter) of helping her everything begins to fall apart. The exploitative amorality of art dealers as well as the naive gullibility of art collectors is explored in great depth. Furthermore the whole question of what constitutes “art”, especially in the area of abstract expression, is handled very well. The interviews with her parents are difficult to watch while the gallery owner who latches onto the family is sleaze personified.

Jan 14, 2013
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the best type of documentary in that the filmmaker starts out telling one story and while filming, much to his surprise, another more interesting, sinister story emerges. Riveting.

Oct 20, 2010
  • Scout_WPL rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great documentary for the discussion what is art? Is it the intention and concept or the public acceptance of the end result?

Too bad the documentary film maker was not more developed in the "art" of filmmaking. His inability to maintain a professional position takes away the authenticity found in most documentaries and moved me into feeling he too was marketing this child.

May 16, 2010
  • alleycat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating documentary on what constitutes art ... little Marla is very sweet and really looks like she enjoys painting. Her father, however, looks (dare I say) shifty and increasingly nervous thoughout, but in the end we don't know truth from fiction. Thought-provoking stuff, and definitely worth watching.


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