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Kalamazoo? Review


Grim
It's hard not to like the feel-good nature of Kalamazoo?, a comedy-drama about three girlfriends who return for their 10-year high school reunion. It's a comforting movie, one that lets you know that it's OK to be in your late 20s, have no clue as to who you are, and still change course.

I wish I could say it's a good movie, but an unspeakably lame concept pretty much grounds any hope of that. As the three friends visit and ultimately discover their limitations -- represented by the revealing of the school's time capsule, which holds everyone's then-future hopes -- the women are escorted by the spirits of their dead grandmothers (played by the motley crew of Chita Rivera, Renée Taylor, and Claire Bloom). Yes, you've read correctly. It's an unnecessary idea, stealing time away from the three friends' personal struggles, which is really the meat of the story. Seriously, if you took the grandmother subplot out, what would you lose?

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My Favorite Year Review


Excellent
Here's a funny little number based, as it happens, on a night in the life of Errol Flynn, when he showed up drunk to appear on Sid Caesar's variety show. O'Toole plays a Flynn-esque swashbuckler, Bologna is faux Sid, and Linn-Baker (pre Perfect Strangers) is their go-between. Touching and altogether happy, this is an easy Favorite.

The Amati Girls Review


Unbearable
Did you hate those cheesy PBS after-school specials when you were a kid? The ones where the smallest conflict was made into a volcanic crisis but all was miraculously solved within a half an hour's time? If your answer is "yes", stay away from The Amati Girls.

Written and directed by Anne De Salvo, this sickeningly saccharine 91 minutes revolves around a supposedly tight-knit, triple-generation family of women. Each character embodies the ultimate in annoying stereotypes, from selfless martyr to irresponsible wanderer. And of course, they each have a male in their life to represent the standard issues of women's liberation from 30 years ago.

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Hi-Life Review


Grim
One guy (Scott) goes bar-hopping in New York, trying to raise $900 because some jerk (Stoltz) has to pay off a gambling debt. About as exciting as it sounds.
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