Yasha is a Jewish stage magician who tours through eastern Europe while destroying his career through personal problems. He has one more chance at theatrical success, but he needs to do a brand new trick in a Warsaw theater.
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Comedy about how New Yorkers are coping with pervasive urban violence, obscene phone calls, rusty water pipes, electrical blackouts, paranoia and ethnic-racial conflict during a typical summer of the 1970s.
A father brings a young child to an emergency room to get treatment for a minor injury occurring in an innocent accident, but he gets accused of child abuse. Child welfare agencies commit grossly unfair over-reactions to remove the child forcibly from the Father (Arkin), who must brave the arcane system to reclaim his daughter. Written by
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While the satire was appreciated, IMPROPER CHANNELS tends to act more like a serious drama rather than a comedy and it has its telling about the hard times people face in reality. It's a decent combination of both worlds, but I felt the mixture was too mood-changing (unlike FORREST GUMP) and I really didn't think it was totally funny. The comedy elements just seemed to be very straightforward. Mariette Hartley (the actress known for Polaroid commercials of yesteryear) is more dramatic while Alan Arkin is cornballish enough to be concerned about his missing daughter. It does have plenty of complications and a meaningful conclusion that computes, as the word "hacker" may have been defined for the first time. The title of this movie may not sound proper, and it has its ups and downs, but the use of comedic satire is the strongest aspect of all. Not too bad.
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