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Movie Review: 'Little Noises'

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In Little Noises, a quirky film about struggling artists, Crispin Glover (River’s Edge) plays a pathetic self-proclaimed novelist who can’t put his manuscript where his mouth is; his stare is blank and so are his pages. Desperate to win creative recognition and impress his dream girl (Tatum O’Neal), he’s willing to do whatever it takes to become famous—even plagiarize. Given only a cursory theatrical release, this odd movie is billed as a ”light-hearted comedy,” but it’s weighted down by a choppy plot and over-the-top characterizations, especially Glover’s monotone mumbler. Don’t bother trying to fast-forward to the scenes that feature the grown-up O’Neal; there are so few you’ll be through the film in under 10 minutes. If you want to see her really handle a huckster, rent Paper Moon instead.

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