her ugly house
Ugly really isn't the word. Virginia says that money can't buy fame; well, it also can't buy taste. Carmela Soprano is Thom Felicia compared to this family. I mean, the place was like one of those glitzy baby pageant dresses turned into a home. Did you get a load of the acting coach's reaction when he saw that million-dollar palace of crap? "So this is your movie room...and you have the alien in your house? That's...beautiful."
The kid will never lose her accent if she has to listen to mom's honk all the time.
The kid will never lose her accent because she has no ear. She cannot HEAR her own accent. Henry Higgins could adopt her tomorrow and it would never go away. She's been listening to standard American English in movies and on TV her whole life; if she can't begin to mimic it, there's no hope, coaches or no coaches. It's the equivalent of being tone deaf. Her Spanish/French/German accent, when she hits high school, will be as wholly inept as her attempts at Middle American.
I think she's cute and she seems like a sweet girl who wants to please her mom. Get her into soccer or dance or painting on velvet.
Young Mr. Bendik does seem immature for his age, but it seemed to me to be a natural reaction to the way he's being treated. He can't even watch a movie with his friends on his birthday? A grown man would try and hide behind the car seat if he had to be abused by that deluded witch on camera. Honestly, she should be grateful that he's got friends, and it's a very good sign that he does. If he can make it out of the house alive and get to college, he'll catch up.