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House of D (PG-13)

Release Date: April 13th (NYC-Loews Lincoln Square), by Lion's Gate Films.
The Cast: Anton Yelchin,Téa Leoni,David Duchovny,Robin Williams,Erykah Badu.

Basic Premise: A young boy (Yelchin) comes-of-age in NYC while befriending a mentally-challenged janitor (Williams) and getting advice from a woman (Badu)who is imprisoned in the House of Detention.

Entertainment Value: This movie is filled with wonderful performances from a talented cast .Especially note-worthy is Robin William's acting as well as Téa Leoni's as the mother of the young boy. The movie's plot is told in very engaging flashbacks as the older version of the boy (Duchovny) recalls his boyhood. There are a few laugh-out-loud scenes that are not too offensive--unless you're French. But mostly this is a drama---and it is dramatic in many ways, with a few unexpected plot twists.

Spiritual Value: There are important messages in this coming-of-age movie including friendship and love. The relationship between the boy and the janitor is effectively touching. The advice that the imprisoned woman gives the boy is surprisingly wise and insightful. The feel-great ending lifts one's spirit without being too forced or contrived.

Insult to your intelligence: None.

Number of times I checked my watch: 0

The Bottom Line: A very moving, feel-great drama with some genuinely good laughs and wonderful acting from a very talented cast.

Recommended Way to Watch: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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