7.1/10
3,135
29 user 65 critic

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

Trailer
2:00 | Trailer
A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Director:

Amir Bar-Lev
7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Amir Bar-Lev ... Self
Anthony Brunelli Anthony Brunelli ... Self
Elizabeth Cohen Elizabeth Cohen ... Self
Jonathan Crosby Jonathan Crosby ... (voice)
Ron Curtis Jr. Ron Curtis Jr. ... (voice)
Michael Kimmelman Michael Kimmelman ... Self
Laura Olmstead Laura Olmstead ... Self
Mark Olmstead Mark Olmstead ... Self
Marla Olmstead Marla Olmstead ... Self
Zane Olmstead Zane Olmstead ... Self
Celeste Russi ... (voice)
Tara Sands ... (voice)
Stuart Simpson Stuart Simpson ... Self
Jackie Wescott Jackie Wescott ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.

Director: Yung Chang
Stars: Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu
Art and Craft (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor
Stars: Louis Theroux, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.

Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Amiina, Hildur Arsaelsdottir, Jon Thor Birgisson
La Antena (2007)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.

Director: Esteban Sapir
Stars: Alejandro Urdapilleta, Valeria Bertuccelli, Julieta Cardinali
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov
Documentary | Crime | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in Tokyo 7 years after WWII, this surreal story is about a 9 year old boy who wanders into a strange mansion, confined inside four adults suffering from incurable diseases, which prevents them from having exposure to the sun.

Director: Masaki Iwana
Stars: Mohamed Aroussi, Taku Furusawa, Valentina Miraglia
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Iwerks
Stars: Stacy Keach, John Lasseter, Brad Bird
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Harvey
Stars: Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette
The Dirties (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

Director: Matt Johnson
Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Padraig Singal
Edit

Storyline

Four year old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, New York became the sensation of the art world for her abstract artwork, which have sold for thousands of dollars per piece. The showing of her work started off as a lark, but when the paintings sold without the buyers knowing who the artist was, the media began to run with the story. Through it all, Marla's parents, Mark Olmstead and Laura Olmstead, want to be grounded in what is best for their daughter while exposing her to whatever positive may come from the experience. But some negative and big name media also surfaces, some questioning whether Marla is the real artist behind the work, and some questioning exposing a four year old to such infamy. Regardless, the fact of this art selling brings up the legitimacy of abstract art being quantified as "quality", especially if a four year old can produce it but can't express the emotions or rationale behind its creation. Or is art truly in the eyes of the beholder? Regardless, money, in the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Amir Bar-Lev: [when Laura starts crying on camera on being doubted] I'm sorry that I brought this into your house.
Laura Olmstead: [bitterly] It's documentary gold.
See more »

Connections

References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mother (For Your Mind)
Written by Johnny Cuba, The Herbaliser
Performed by The Herbaliser
See more »

User Reviews

 
Great mystery movie + my guess of who's really painting
8 November 2007 | by tkelly-20See all my reviews

This is an exceptional movie that provides the evidence and leaves it to each viewer to decide the core mystery.

Does 4 year old Marla Olmstead paint her own modern art or is she being used by the adults around her? The documentary benefits from having begun before the 60 Minutes coverage, when the authenticity of Marla's work is unquestioned. The Olmsteads are a beautiful and loving family with two marvelous kids.

The filmmaker does a great job taking us inside their world as fame descends upon Marla. Then things really heat up when the 60 Minutes piece breaks- and the cameras are rolling on the parents as it airs.

The film does not decide for you but presents the evidence evenly, making it for me one of the most entertaining recent films.

My guess of who's really painting- The mother seems too sincere to be lying but dad appears a little shifty, and they say they work opposing shifts. The guy I suspect is really doctoring the paintings from childish to MOMA quality is the art gallery owner. There is a scene showing him doing hyper-realistic painting and he is clearly a great artist, but it also seems he may have a chip on his shoulder that he has not been recognized as a talent. They say in the movie that it's always the two men against the mother when it comes to making decisions about Marla's career, so I suspect these two are working together for the substantial financial rewards, while making it easy and technically true for Dad to say that he doesn't do the painting.

It will be interesting to see how Marla progresses artistically as she gets older and is no longer under her parent's or art dealer's control. She is certainly an engaging young girl and her story in fifteen years is potentially the subject of another film.

No matter who you choose to believe, this documentary is top notch.


25 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim Çocuğum Başarabilir See more »

Filming Locations:

Binghamton, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,290, 7 October 2007

Gross USA:

$231,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$258,316
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed