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The Lucky Ones Review


Unbearable
Soldiers returning home from Iraq deserve a proper narrative feature that addresses the physical discomfort, mental anguish, and emotional hardship they encounter while assimilating into the day-to-day routines of normal life.

The Lucky Ones is not that film. It is, instead, a sloppily executed (though decently acted) road trip picture that manages to do one thing consistently, and that's veer off the path of good intentions and crash.

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Fierce People Review


Grim
One could easily say that Griffin Dunne's new film Fierce People represents a great leap forward from such lamentable projects as Practical Magic and Addicted to Love, but then that's hardly setting the bar high at all. A bundle of good raw material and confused objectives, the film starts out as a skewed fable but ends up in grimmer territory, with no good reason for having traveled there, and begging to be taken more seriously.

Early scenes give every indication that what Dunne and screenwriter Dirk Wittenborn (who adapted his own novel) have in mind is yet another in the grand and hallowed tradition of "nothing was ever the same after that summer" stories, which it must be said, can often be a nice way to spend a couple hours on a dreary day. The narrator whose life is about to be changed is Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin), a 15-year-old fixated on his absentee dad, a famous anthropologist who wants Finn to come to South America and do field work with him for the summer. The stone around Finn's neck is his mother Liz (Diane Lane, nothing about whom will ever say "mother"), a masseuse with serious cocaine and drinking addictions. Picking the absolute worst time (in Finn's mind, given that he finally has a chance to reconnect with his dad) to get her life together, Liz packs the two of them up to go live with a former client of hers who Finn is convinced she's sleeping with.

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Fierce People Review


Grim
One could easily say that Griffin Dunne's new film Fierce People represents a great leap forward from such lamentable projects as Practical Magic and Addicted to Love, but then that's hardly setting the bar high at all. A bundle of good raw material and confused objectives, the film starts out as a skewed fable but ends up in grimmer territory, with no good reason for having traveled there, and begging to be taken more seriously.

Early scenes give every indication that what Dunne and screenwriter Dirk Wittenborn (who adapted his own novel) have in mind is yet another in the grand and hallowed tradition of "nothing was ever the same after that summer" stories, which it must be said, can often be a nice way to spend a couple hours on a dreary day. The narrator whose life is about to be changed is Finn Earl (Anton Yelchin), a 15-year-old fixated on his absentee dad, a famous anthropologist who wants Finn to come to South America and do field work with him for the summer. The stone around Finn's neck is his mother Liz (Diane Lane, nothing about whom will ever say "mother"), a masseuse with serious cocaine and drinking addictions. Picking the absolute worst time (in Finn's mind, given that he finally has a chance to reconnect with his dad) to get her life together, Liz packs the two of them up to go live with a former client of hers who Finn is convinced she's sleeping with.

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