Combustible Celluloid
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With: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore, Hoyt Axton, Bruno Kirby, Ray McAnally, James Russo, Wallace Shawn, John C. Reilly
Written by: David Mamet, based on a screenplay by Ranald MacDougall and a play by Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack
Directed by: Neil Jordan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 101
Date: 12/15/1989

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2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bad Fathers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This movie has everything going for it, and yet just doesn't work. David Mamet wrote the screenplay (based on an old Humphrey Bogart film) and Neil Jordan directs with an eye for frozen, jagged landscapes. Robert De Niro and Sean Penn play escaped convicts who are mistaken for clergymen and Demi Moore plays the love interest. The actors are game, but the basic situation is just ridiculous and none of the filmmakers seem to have the comedic touch to make it work. Penn, with his perpetually perplexed expression, gets in some good moments, though. Paramount's DVD has a nice transfer, but no extras.

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