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Richard Benjamin again shifts into the nostalgic-elegiac mode as a director, despite making great strides technically over his My Favorite Year debut: the actors are no longer forced to emulate his own comic persona, his images are more tightly composed, and he has made a stab (not wholly successful) at creating a plausible world to contain the action. I don't care for Benjamin's way of using death to validate his sentimental themes (here, it's the specter of World War II, threatening the small-town romance of Elizabeth McGovern and Sean Penn), but at this point any American movie that can get past the “I love you”s without audience snickers has to be counted a success. I wish only that Benjamin had shown more faith in the emotive powers of his performers; he has hedged his bets with two phony subplots (a mistaken identity and a fallible friend) that only cloud the issues. With Nicolas Cage.

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