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Film Review: ‘Bucky and the Squirrels’

Film Review: ‘Bucky and the Squirrels’

Allan Katz’s daffy, low-budget, family-friendly mockumentary “Bucky and the Squirrels” is so self-effacing in its slight, sweet silliness, that it practically seems to ask, “Who, me?” It’s as though, just seconds before the opening credits rolled, it was backstage whistling, mop in hand, before being hustled, blinking, into the spotlight as a last-minute replacement for the real act. But in the best wish-fulfilling tradition of Hollywood, this understudy steps up to the mic and, against considerable odds, delivers: If “Bucky and the Squirrels” is far too modest to truly bring the house down, the goodwill it generates out of a “plot” so rote it doesn’t really deserve the name, is at least enough to keep the audience in their seats. Everyone just seems so nice.

The prologue is a pretty good acid test for the kind of loopy, victimless humor that Katz’s script abounds in. Mike Farrell, a TV star

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