Sunday, September 18, 2011

Joshua Then And Now (1985)

Synopsis: Sleazy Montreal writer, Joshua Shapiro (James Woods) marries into Canadian high society.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “It’s a compelling drama lightly seasoned with comedy.”

What Did I Learn: Canada’s mid-20th Century WASP elite must have been the world’s biggest chumps.

You Might Like This Movie If: You have a Grade 9 English test tomorrow and you just can’t bring yourself to read the Mordechai Richler novel.

Really?: Apparently, the CBC ran this as a four-hour miniseries. Characters and sub-plots appear out of nowhere because the movie version is only 102 minutes.

Rating: It’s kind of entertaining in places (Alan Arkin is great as Joshua’s streetwise, small-time gangster father), but it’s hard to like Joshua very much. 6/10 stars.

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