I saw the movie Little Pink House in Monterey on Tuesday night. Here’s the trailer.

I rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10. Anything 7 or over is one I’m glad I saw and would recommend.

Little Pink House is a 9.

It’s the true story of Susette Kelo and her fight to keep her house from being seized by the local government in New London, Connecticut.

Spoiler ahead. The case goes all the way to the Supreme Court where she loses by a 5 to 4 vote. (That’s a spoiler only for people who know nothing about the Kelo case.)

There’s not a wasted scene or line of dialogue in the movie.

I was surprised by how much one of the villains, Charlotte Wells, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, made her case for seizing relatively low-income people’s property on the basis of “social justice.” I thought this might be poetic license because I don’t remember social justice being so big a term 18 years ago, when this whole controversy got going. But I asked producer Ted Balaker and he assured me that yes, Charlotte Wells actually did talk that way.

Interestingly, one of the other heavies in the movie, Connecticut’s governor, is not named, even in the credits. He is John Rowland.