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The Grass Harp

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Charlie Matthau's (Walter's wannabe director son) over-sentimental adaptation of Truman Capote's autobiographical novella is all promise and no payback. This is despite the best efforts of a star-studded cast that includes the crinkly likes of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and the fresh-faced likes of Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Young Indiana Jones). The story: in a small, southern town in '40s America, young Colin Fenwick (Furlong) goes to live with his ultra-eccentric, middle-aged female cousins (Spacek and Laurie) after the death of his parents. The rest of the film amounts to little more than an exploration of the maxim "love is a chain of love... asnature is a chain of life", a deeply meaningful idea which involves long, thoughtful stints in treehouses and tons of homespun philosophising. Not to mention walk-ons for a galaxy of oddball locals, eager to dish out some worldly advice - Walter Matthau as a retired judge, Roddy McDowall as a camp barber, and Jack Lemmon as a old Chicago con artist. In short, it's another of those soporific tales about quirky American childhood, where nothing of any relevance happens. Ho, and as they often say, hum.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 12th 1998

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