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'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared': EW review

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Everett Collection

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
114 minutes
performer:
Robert Gustafsson
director:
Felix Herngren
genre:
Adventure, Comedy

We gave it a C-

If you’ve ever wondered what a Scandinavian Forrest Gump might look like, you’re in luck. Well, kind of. Felix Herngren’s Swedish import starts off pleasantly enough with the sight of a feisty, bathrobe-clad geezer (50-year-old Robert Gustafsson under pounds of putty and latex) escaping from a nursing home on his 100th birthday. But before too long, it gets suffocated in whimsy as our geriatric hero recounts his brushes with some of the 20th century’s biggest events (the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project). I have no reason to doubt that all of this goes down as sweetly as a box of chocolates in Stockholm, but here, its charm is lost in translation. C–

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