Mary Poppins Returns
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The basics of Draper's story hold promise, but the film derails because Jack and Oliver just aren't charming as social pariahs.
Draper uses her understanding of her sons as people and actors to shape their characters and performances. In return, the trust they have in her allows them to be completely open.
It's a loose and chatty affair, leaning on on a lifetime of familial riffing.
The Wolffs are fine actors, and, no shocker, convincing siblings. But they're playing characters, well, only a mother could love.
Draper captures the kind of loving openness that binds together families when the two qualities truly coexist.
Both Wolffs are pretty charismatic and funny. Their rat-a-tat dialogue seems largely improvised (either that or Draper is particularly adept at teen humor) and undoubtedly reflective of a warm sibling relationship.
The built-in relationships add a layer of charm and spontaneity to otherwise breezy and innocuous material.
Stella's Last Weekend is an under-the-radar gem of an independent film.
An almost bearable indie slice of life dramedy.
When I'm asked to spend too much time with young, vapid men, I expect far more in return than some jokes and the already planned loss of a family dog.
Thankfully, the script - written and directed by ubiquitous TV actress Polly Draper... imbues the boys with vulnerabilities and injects moments of doubt and reflection.
Big guffaws throughout, sprinkled with little chortles to maintain its pace.
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