One-time only child Jamie Grover has been the center of her parents’ world for 13 years. That all changes when her mom announces that she’s expecting quintuplets, and now Jamie must learn to share the spotlight. But Jamie, who frequently turns to the camera to offer wry observations on the changes at home and the direction of her life, is initially thrilled to escape her parents’ constant doting. Upon delivery, the quints instantly occupy their parents’ every waking moment and every thought. It now appears as if the Grover family’s world no longer spins happily around Jamie’s orbit, which is just fine with her…for a while.
Though unintentional, Jamie’s accomplishments, interests and opinions seem to go by the wayside. The quints become headline news as the “spokesbabies” for the Cutie Pants diaper company and gain further notoriety when they earn their parents the prestigious Governor’s “Parents of the Year” award…not to mention that five babies just plain take a lot of work. Meanwhile, Jamie feels neglected and unappreciated, particularly when her parents miss her parent-teacher conference and forget about her big art show at school.
“Quints” premieres on the Disney Channel, 8/18/00.
The premise has been brought to the screen before, but not with such wit or poignancy. Young Kimberly J. Brown, who won accolades for her performance in 1999’s theatrical release “Tumbleweeds,” displays an expressive face and inner charm that serves her equally well during both humorous and sensitive moments. “Quints” is a very entertaining movie, replete with lessons about never giving up, being a giver rather than always a taker, and finding what you love to do. There are good family relationships, a decent and wise teacher is represented, and the lead has caring friends. It occasionally gets a bit saccharine, but it has some very funny moments and I believe kids and young teens will relate and become involved in the storyline. Along the way, mom and dad may discover a few lessons of their own.