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Best Boy (1979)

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In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period.

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Philip Wohl ...
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Christine O'Connor ...
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Portrait of a family in transition: a mother, a father, and their son, their "best boy." Pearl and Max Wohl live in Queens with Philly, their cheerful, engaging, and mentally-disabled son. For 50 years Pearl and Max have provided a loving home for Philly, but they're aging, Max is ailing, and they must figure out what's to happen to Philly when they can no longer care for him. Are there options besides an institution? Philly's cousin is Ira Wohl, whose camera follows the family as Philly takes steps into the wider world. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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El mejor de los muchachos  »

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Max Wohl: I'm hungry.
Pearl Wohl: So eat.
Max Wohl: I'm eating.
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If I Were a Rich Man
Written by Jerry Bock
Performed by Zero Mostel
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25 October 2002 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film about the heartbreaking as well as the inspirational decisions that can and need to be made in life. Pearl's emotions (her happiness and especially her heartbreak) and the way they are captured not only by Wohl but by McDonough make this film a true masterpiece. I would recomend this to anyone, and its sad to see it has such a low rating on the database.

"Best Man", however, was not such an incredible film, and only when it is shown in conjunction with "Best Boy" could it garner any merit. The first fifteen minutes in particular seem to present Wohl as incredibly egocentric given the topic and situation of the film, and I truly wish I had not seen them.


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