SEX, DEATH AND BOWL­ING

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This is a campy, bor­der­line mag­i­cal-re­al­ist tear­jerker set in a small Western moun­tain town, about a lit­tle boy whose fa­ther is dy­ing of can­cer. The movie is wildly earnest and in­ven­tive in its ef­forts to fully por­tray the psy­chol­ogy of a frac­tured fam­ily at a crit­i­cal mo­ment, but suf­fers un­der the weight of too much story, ren­der­ing what should be its finest mo­ments a bit trite. How­ever, the per­for­mances are uni­formly strong. 5 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 11. Rated R. 92 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Jen­nifer Levin)

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