It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
Uncanny and Personal Role for Pacinio in this Dark Comedy
One of the Problems with Al Pacino Films in Recent Years is His Aging. He Looks Old and One is Constantly Reminded as He Performs in Various Roles of Late at Just How Old He is Getting and Just How Old He Looks.
That is Definitely Not a Problem in This One. A Dark Comedy from Director Barry Levinson with a Script by Buck Henry from a Book by Philip Roth. Because, You See, the Character Pacino Plays is an Old Actor that is Losing His Grip on His Craft and His Looks are Not Receding, Their Lost. It's an Uncanny and Personal Role for Pacino.
It's an Odd Movie and Off Beat with an Awkward Rhythm that Comes Together Occasionally and Then Just as Quickly Quirks Up and Falls Out of Step. That Keeps Things Interesting and the Cast of One Goofy Character After Another Helps Things Stay Frosty.
Greta Gerwig Co-Stars with Pacino as a Scatterbrained Lesbian that has had a Life Long Crush on the Actor and She Helps the Strange Story Along with a Lot of Unpredictable Behavior. Overall, Worth a Watch for Something Different and to See Pacino Finally Playing His Age.
An Arty Film for Lovers of Stage and Screen with Enough Gravitas to Entertain Thanks to Some Good Performers and Some Sharp Writing.
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