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The Theory of Flight

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The Theory of Flight

The Theory of Flight

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
01/22/99
performer:
Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh
director:
Paul Greengrass
distributor:
Fine Line Features
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

In The Theory of Flight a troubled artist (Branagh) finds himself caring for a young woman with a debilitating illness (Bonham Carter) and tries to fulfill her greatest wish — losing her virginity. Partners in real life, the leads are solid (especially Bonham Carter in a technically impressive performance), but the setup is queasy, and the film is more interested in clumsy whimsical interludes and overbaked flight-as-metaphor sequences than in the characters. C+

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