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Intelligent, moving, but annoyingly self-satisfied, this AIDS drama by director Thom Fitzgerald focuses on the complicated relationship between a dying young man who wants to be euthanized (Don McKellar) and his tough but loving mother (Olympia Dukakis in a fine performance). McKellar sends himself off with a big party, but it's quickly uncovered by a mean little assistant DA (Parker Posey) who wants to bust the counselor/caregiver (Brent Carver) who pulled the plug. Fitzgerald's sardonic humor overreaches occasionally, as does his pathos, but the two balance each other nicely most of the time; less impressive is his lopsided moral inquiry on the subject of euthanasia, which deploys Posey as a petty, legalistic straw man. 110 min.

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