Melissa Rose Bernardo
December 07, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wah-Wah

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/12/06
performer
Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters
director
Richard E. Grant
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Richard E. Grant
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

In Wah-Wah, Dad (Gabriel Byrne) is a glass-breaking, gun-waving drunk; Mom (Miranda Richardson) goes parking with her lover while her kid is in the backseat; teenager Ralph (Nicholas Hoult) finds solace in scary marionettes and community theater. Quirky, captivating stuff — but not in the hands of actor-turned-auteur Richard E. Grant, whose penchant for melodrama is eclipsed only by his love of overwrought metaphors.

EXTRAS
English subtitles, which don’t make lines like ”la-de-da, hoity-toity, hooty-snooty, wah-wah” any more lucid. The film’s already in English.

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