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Larry the Fable Guy

A feel-good film leaves a feeling of queasiness.

Jul 18, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 41 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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No one in the 1930s would have made a movie based on the premise that losing a beloved job and house are a spur to a better life. That would have been insulting to those who had lived through such pain. Designing escapist entertainment that reflects some of the realities of contemporary life requires a gossamer touch. Larry Crowne is as delicate as a foreclosure notice.

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

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