Mike D'Angelo
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Broken English

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/22/07
performer
Drea de Matteo, Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud
director
Zoe R. Cassavetes
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
author
Zoe R. Cassavetes
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an C-

BROKEN ENGLISH Julian Arahanga, Aleksandra Vujcic (1996, Columbia TriStar, R, $98.99) He’s a lovestruck Maori cook, unaware that his paramour is expecting a child. She’s a Croatian refugee living in New Zealand, tormented by a father (”Before the Rain’s” Rade Serbedzija) who’s intent on keeping the family blood ethnically pure.

You’re half asleep on your couch, wondering why somebody thought that this story needed to be told just one more time. Only the unusual geographical combination prevents it from occupying the penthouse apartment in Triteville; great performances might have saved it, but the cast is as uneven as the English their characters speak. C-

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