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Try, Try Again

Sometimes the trip back to the drawing board is worth the trouble.

Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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In the history of movies, though, there is only one case I can think of in which a movie without a finished script and a catastrophic set proved to be not only a box-office triumph but a classic to boot. That was Tootsie, one of the three or four best American comedies. If you could get a Tootsie once every 20 tries, that might be worth it. But there is only one. Somehow, I doubt that World War Z will be its equal. It will more likely be the movie on cable you surf away from when somebody tells you that Tootsie is on another channel.

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

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