By Tim Purtell
Updated April 13, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Pulp

type
  • Movie

In this droll caper, Michael Caine is a pulp hack prone to appropriately lush prose (”His face was like a crushed red pepper”) who’s hired to ghost ex-Hollywood star Rooney’s autobiography. The pleasures in Pulp are director Mike Hodges’ shaggy-dog script and Rooney’s buoyant performance. Playing a character famed for his Cagneyesque gangsters, the middle-aged actor moves with a youthful ease and crispness, turning shtick (shadowboxing and preening in front of a mirror) into comic gold. It’s almost enough to forgive his awful Mr. Yunioshi.
EXTRAS None. B+

Pulp

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 96 minutes
director
  • Mike Hodges

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