15 December 2010 | kcfl-1
A lesson in filmmaking
Other writers and directors would do well to view Henry Jaglom's latest film. Not only would they be schooled into how to make every scene count (a skill mostly lost since the heyday of B films in the '30's), but they would get ideas for more films. He provides at least 3 suggestions: an action series about a redhead, a remake of "Trouble in Paradise," and a reality-based "Praying with the Stars." He even throws in a reference to an iconic moment in one of his earlier films, when his daughter "discovers" star Tanna Frederick. Even the minor characters here leave you wishing for more about them. Amid a strong veteran cast, Jack Heller steals all his scenes as the family patriarch. Jaglom rivals Woody Allen here with major comedy and a dollop of crime.