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Two Bits

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Two Bits

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Jerry Barone, Al Pacino
director:
James Foley
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

It’s hard to believe that this meandering bit of Depression-era nostalgia is from the same star/director combo behind 1992’s electric screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, Al Pacino and James Foley. Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano’s memoir is supposed to be sepia-toned but comes off more as though it’s yellowed with age. Looking like a cross between Giancarlo Giannini and a raisin, Pacino grumbles dime-store wisdom as a dying Italian patriarch who promises to will his 12-year-old grandson (cutesy Jerry Barone) a quarter to go to the town’s new cinema palace. The kid can’t wait, so he spends one long day doing odd jobs to earn the money. So many grown women hit on Barone along the way, you’ll swear you’re watching Madonna’s ”Open Your Heart” video. And when did Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio age from playing sex bombs in The Color of Money and White Sands to bland moms in family-value packs like this one? C