|Directed by||Karen Moncrieff|
|Produced by||Peer J. Oppenheimer
|Written by||Karen Moncrieff|
|Music by||Adam Gorgoni|
|Edited by||Toby Yates|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
A gifted teenager named Megan living in the Dayton, Ohio area has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her mother, who works twelve-hour days and goes to school at night, leaving Megan to babysit her younger sister, Lily. The girls' father does not pay child support often, causing financial strain in the household.
Lily, has serious mental problems; she cuts herself, refuses to eat, and speaks about becoming an angel. After being checked into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, Lily kills herself by jumping out of an open window as she tries to "fly". Meg finds solace in her English teacher, Mr. Auster, who claims he is passionate about writing a novel. He becomes a comfort to Meg during her troubled times and encourages her to enter a poetry contest, which is later followed by one-on-one poetry tutoring.
After winning the local round of the competition, Megan wants to compete at the finals in Florida during spring break. With her mother unable and unwilling to fund the trip, Megan resorts to several incidences of theft and is barely able to make it to Florida.
A closer pseudo-sexual relationship develops between Megan and Mr. Auster. The two run into each other outside the hotel that is hosting the poetry competition and go to a hotel room where Meg reluctantly has sex with Mr. Auster, who stops after realizing that Megan is not comfortable at all with the situation. After this, Megan, looking through Mr. Auster's "novel", realizes that her teacher has not written a novel at all, and that it was all just a ruse to impress her. After writing and delivering a brand new poem attacking Mr. Auster's less-than-noble character, Meg walks out of the competition. Later, back home, she decides to live with her father, riding away with him in his blue car, still uncertain about her future.
- Agnes Bruckner as Megan Denning
- David Strathairn as Auster
- Margaret Colin as Diane
- Frances Fisher as Delia
- A. J. Buckley as Pat
- Regan Arnold as Lily
- Sarah Buehler as Georgia
- Dustin Sterling as Rob
- Mike Ward as Dad
- Wayne Armstrong as Don
- Holden, Stephen (May 2, 2003). "Blue Car (2002) FILM REVIEW; Teacher and Prodigy, Along With Need and Lust". The New York Times.