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Unstrung Heroes

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Unstrung Heroes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
93 minutes
performer:
Maury Chaykin, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Nathan Watt, Michael Richards, John Turturro
director:
Diane Keaton
author:
Richard LaGravenese
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

”May you have an interesting life” is an old Chinese curse. But in Unstrung Heroes, based on Franz Lidz’s book about his childhood, an interesting life proves to be a gift. Young Franz (Nathan Watt) is blessed with a slightly eccentric inventor father (Turturro) and two uncles (Maury Chaykin and the remarkable Michael Richards, Seinfeld‘s Kramer) whose idiosyncrasies make his father seem absurdly normal. With Franz’s mother (MacDowell) dying of ovarian cancer, he comes more and more into the males’ orbit. This memoir could have been a squishy mess without Diane Keaton’s intelligently affecting direction. Those who were unwilling to try their luck in theaters might think again now: The film’s charms are small but many.

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