The Crossing Guard


Sean Penn's sophomore directorial effort

Sean Penn’s second film in the director’s chair is often overlooked, lost among the post-Tarantino wave of chatty crime pics.

OK, so The Crossing Guard couldn’t be more different than those films – it’s a heavyweight bordering on po-faced piece – but it hasn’t dated as much either.

Jack Nicholson plays a father seeking revenge for his daughter’s death by going after the drunk driver responsible. Problem is, he finds someone very different to the monster of his imagination.

Morally complex and powerfully acted, but you do find yourself wishing that someone would crack a smile.

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