Two Bits

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: James Foley

REVIEWED: 03-28-96

The word is out--Al Pacino has been cloned! How else do you explain his appearance in a new movie every other month? The latest, Two Bits, has Pacino (or his clone) playing an old Italian grandfather dispensing packets of wisdom to his 12-year-old grandson in depression-era Chicago. This movie, with its unabashed nostalgia for an imagined past, is as drenched in amber haze as a Country Time lemonade-style drink mix commercial. In the midst of this pandering, sentimental dross, Pacino (or his clone) relentlessly hams up the dying man shtick. In fact, the entire movie is essentially an hour-and-a-half death scene for Pacino. Watch him (or his clone) droop, sputter and fade! Watch his grandson learn stuff! See how aesthetically pleasing the depression really was!

--Stacey Richter

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The Chamber
The Corruptor

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