Harry and Son

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A construction worker and widower, Harry Keach (Paul Newman) is a no-frills kind of guy, but his artistically inclined son, Howard (Robby Benson), wants to be a writer, causing a rift between the two. Although Howard makes attempts at finding a regular job, he can't help but return to his daydreaming tendencies. As Howard reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Katie Wilowski (Ellen Barkin), Harry becomes closer with her mother, Lilly (Joanne Woodward), bringing both men some degree of happiness.

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Critic Reviews for Harry & Son

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  • Feb 24, 2011
    The narrative line of the script is scattered and seems to pick up ideas and problems and then drop them without resolution to tackle some other tangential issue. The issues all pertain to the relationship between the father and son but it would have been better to focus more on their interaction and less on exterior forces. Benson tries in the lead but just isn't that strong of a screen presence especially when competing with Newman's star power. The rest of the cast is certainly talented even if what they're handed character wise is diffuse and it's interesting to see some like Freeman and Barkin who went on to long careers just starting out. Not a bad film but very average.
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