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Boys and the Diner

A coming-of-age classic turns 30.

Feb 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 23 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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But what makes Diner so powerful, and so great, is that Levinson knows the diner is a dead end—an Island of Lost Boys unburdened by the responsibilities of a cold and difficult world. In the final image of the film, the bridal bouquet lands on the table in front of the young men we’ve been watching—the sign that their time together is done. And they know it. Turns out they won’t always have the diner.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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