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Not just pretty, wonderful. The movie, like Thousand Clowns, contains tons of gems in the writing, like you want to watch it again with a notepad. It is in the spirit of Thousand Clowns, in that it is based on a certain spirit in people, the non-conformist, the always wanted to do this but never did spirit, and Herb Gardner hits it right on the head. He evokes as much of that sentimental emotion in you as Thousand Clowns. Myself, I wait and shuffle through the library stacks looking for these kind of films. He did it again, and nobody would have ever known since it doesn't seem to have received an awards. The acting is very good. Lots of quick native New Yorker dialog. I thought in the beginning I was watching a recreation of Clowns and thought that there was no way anyone would be able to pull off the character like Jason Robards, but 5-10 minutes in you just accept the fact that yes, Gardner is dwelling in similar themes, but good. We need more of these movies. I thought it was great.
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