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Crazy Like a Fox (PG-13)





Release Date: May 5th, 2006 (Regal Union Square 14) by Delphi Film Foundation.
The Cast: Roger Rees, Mary McDonnell, Paul Fitzgerald, Christina Rouner, Robert Wisdom, Mark Joy, Michael Goodwin, Tom Bloom.
Directed by Richard Squires.

BASIC PREMISE: Nat (Rees), a Virginian farmer, fights for the re-possession of his precious family farm.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: From the very beginning, the conflict is clear when two wealthy, insensitive lawyers from Washington, D.C. (Rouner and Fitzgerald) buy Natís farmhouse and evict him along with his wife Amy (McDonnell) and their two young children, but not before Nat realizes he has been cheated and wants his farmhouse backóafter he signs the contract. After the eviction, Nat simply wonít go away by living in a cave near a creek not far away from the home. His actions while at this cave are quite strange, yet humorous. Meanwhile, the lawyers get treated with hostility when they try to interact with the townspeople. For example, one of the lawyers tries to buy beer at a pub, but gets refused. Much of Crazy Like a Fox plays out predictably without any surprises, but Roger Rees gives a charming performance as the odd, but likable Natóunlike the two lawyers who come across, convincingly, as cold, mean and arrogant. In other words, itís easy to hate the two lawyers while rooting for Nate and caring about his family up to the very end. Writer/director Richard Squires includes many breathtaking nature scenes which celebrate the genuine beauty of Virginian wildlife, which becomes an enchanting character of its own.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Natís farmhouse means much more to him than just a bunch of material that provides safety and survival. To him, his home represents all the memories from the past which, inevitable, has always been a part of him. Taking it away from him would be like taking away his arm or his leg. Itís inspirational to watch him risk his marriage and life to defend his property in any way possibleóbut without resorting to violence. The way the townspeople end up supporting him is truly heartwarming and uplifting.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0

IN A NUTSHELL: Heartwarming and enchanting! Roger Rees gives a charming performance!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)


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