Movie review: Don't waste your time with 'Plumm Summer'

  • Article by: PETER SCHILLING , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 24, 2008 - 5:30 PM

"A Plumm Summer"

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'A PLUMM SUMMER'

Opens today: What is "A Plumm Summer" (0 out of 4 stars) about? Good question. Supposedly it's about the disappearance of Froggy Doo, the marionette star of Montana's No. 1 children's television show, who was kidnapped in the summer of 1968. It's also about a young boy's coming of age, his younger brother's obsession with said puppet, various couples having problems and nearly hitting the wall of divorce and how this affects everyone -- or not. The film, barely watchable and actually insulting to your child's intelligence, veers wildly between broad humor (and I should mention that there is literally not one funny scene in this whole movie), sugary nostalgia and the worst melodrama. This might be palatable if it weren't also fraught with leaden direction and horrible acting -- it's a painful thing when William Baldwin's the best actor you've got. If you want a movie that covers all the same bases perfectly, rent "The Iron Giant." But leave this one alone. Rated PG for thematic elements and mild rude language.


'SILENT LIGHT'

Walker Art Center's "Cinemateca" film series continues today with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light (Stellet Licht)," set in a strict Mennonite community near Chihauhua, Mexico. Reygadas, who cast the film almost entirely with Mennonite nonactors, infuses the movie with neo-biblical imagery to explore the ways that passionate people reconcile physical desires with deep religious convictions. Reygadas will introduce tonight's screening of the film, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and swept Mexico's equivalent of the Oscars. (7:30 p.m. today, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $6-$8; 612-375-7600 or walkerart.org/tickets.)

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