Be­longs in a sta­ble

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be­lieve each of their chil­dren is set to be­come the next Dakota Fan­ning.

This is a truly ter­ri­ble film. The press notes sug­gest that some im­pro­vi­sa­tion was in­volved. But rather than in­ject­ing a de­gree of nat­u­ral­ism into the piece, th­ese ef­forts have merely caused the pic­ture to look even more de­crepit and in­ad­e­quately de­vel­oped.

Still, the aw­ful one-lin­ers, con­trived mis­un­der­stand­ings and jar­ring re­ver­sals ap­pear bear­able when set be­side the end­less mu­si­cal per­for­mance that closes the project. The longer it goes on, the more ap­pallingly clear it be­comes that the film-mak­ers ac­tu­ally think their na­tiv­ity play is worth watch­ing.

Coven­try sur­vived the Luft­waffe, and it will sur­vive this. But you wouldn’t wish it on your most wretched en­emy.

Charmed, I’m sure

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