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'The Benefactor': EW review

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The Benefactor

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
92 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/15/16
performer:
Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James
director:
Andrew Renzi
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

If Richard Gere ever receives an honorary Oscar, this film definitely won’t pop up in his highlight reel. Utterly unbelievable and relentlessly hokey, writer-director Andrew Renzi’s drama stars the snowy-haired Gere as a superwealthy philanthropist who noses his way into the lives of his best friend’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her new husband (Theo James, who’s actually quite good). Gere, an actor capable of great nuance, hams it up so mightily you’d think the film was sponsored by Boar’s Head. C–