The Shipping News

Rated NR

E. Annie Proulx's popular novel is adapted for the screen by director Lasse Hallstrom (Cider House Rules) with mixed results. Though it's beautiful to look at, Kevin Spacey blows the lead role by adopting Haley Joel Osment's acting style. Hey, it's cute when you?re a 10-year-old, but it just doesn't play on a homely 47-year-old man. Spacey plays Quoyle, a man haunted by the childhood memory of his father throwing him in a lake. Somehow, he winds up becoming the star reporter at a small newspaper in Newfoundland, where he finds love and family and other good-feeling type stuff. If you like pretty, emotionally manipulative movies, and are willing to sit through a long one, then you might find The Shipping News a refreshing break from the holiday TV specials. It?s marginally more profound than Rudolf Fights Tooth Decay, but not quite as philosophically rewarding as Baby Jesus Versus The Santa-Bots.

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Scott Glenn and Cate Blanchett

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