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Father Hood

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Father Hood‘s story of a mildly sociopathic ex-con who’s reunited with his kids at the most inconvenient time might make for a decent thriller, or even a black comedy. But given the patented A.W. (After Walt) Disney treatment, a crass mix of sugarcoating and shrillness, the result is nothing less than morally reprehensible. And not particularly entertaining, either. (Among other offenses, it tries to milk a laugh from the sight of a 7-year-old getting packed into the trunk of a car.) Patrick Swayze is game but woefully miscast, while the luminous Halle Berry, as an investigative reporter, has nothing to do but talk into a phone. F