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December Boys

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December Boys

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/07
performer:
James Fraser, Daniel Radcliffe
director:
Rod Hardy
distributor:
Warner Independent Pictures
author:
Michael Noonan
genre:
Romance, Drama

We gave it a B-

December Boys, a ’60s-set Aussie yarn, probably wouldn’t have found U.S. distribution but for the presence of Harry Potter. As the oldest of four orphans (all born in December) on holiday with a benevolent old man by the sea, Radcliffe plays a moody adolescent hoping to be adopted and ready for some under-the-bra adventures. The boys’ sentimental journey leads to an inevitable riptide — literal and figurative — that tears them apart before bonding them back together. EXTRAS Deleted scenes might have made some details (like prospective parents’ marital woes) more clear. B-