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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, November 16, 1989, Page 19, Image 19

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Page 10 DTH Omnibus Thursday November 16, 1989 11 INI IMA A family learns to accept age Dad Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, Ted Danson, Ethan Hawke directed by Gary David Goldberg Ram Triple 967-8284 oooo t is never easy to cope with old age, for those who age and for M those who witness it happen 1 ing. Director Gary David Gold berg (creator of TV's Family Ties) brings his heartwarming touch to the screen in Dad, the story of a middle aged man struggling to accept his ag ing father's deteriorating mental and physical condition. Jake (Jack Lemmon) and Bette Tremont (Olympia Dukakis) are an elderly couple who live a routine life in a middle-class neighborhood. Jake is completely dependent on Bette to keep everything in order, and Bette has no trouble agreeing that she should. 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So when she suffers a stroke, Jake is left al most helpless until their son John (Ted Danson) comes home. John is a successful New York busi nessman: the classic example of a man consumed by his work. He has not seen his parents in two years and is shocked to find how routine their lives are. John agrees to take time off work to stay with his dad until his mother recovers.- During this time, John teaches his father how to take carof himself and they become very close. Unfortunately, John discovers something about his father that he didn't expect. The success of this film rests in Lemmon's performance. He is con vincing as the aging Jake Tremont. His shaky gestures, cracking voice and tender personality capture your heart as well as your attention. You can't help but feel sympathy for his character, who is absolutely terrified of growing old and dying. 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Danson . doesn't play John as a greedy man who stays away from his family on purpose, but as a man who feels it's his duty as a father to work and make a lot of money. When he discovers that his father is suffering from senility, he immediately responds by showing his father how to enjoy his life. This is the cornerstone of the movie and the beginning of what becomes an extraordinary relationship. Wicked Cool Ske Frfs Unite. MtffiB 22plaRj&m ELLIOT ROAD $3.00 ALL SHOWS BEGINNING BEFORE 6PM John Larroquette Branson Pinchot liio SECOND 232 enn Close James Wc e 3:00 uvtrvm Is Ti en? A Jane Crecory Fonda Peck Jimmy Smits Old GeongO KM LMTE and responsibility id- W Jack Lemmon John works night and day to make sure that his father is comfortable. These are some of the film's most touching moments. Although it is unrealistic that he would completely leave his job for such a long period of time, John's relationship with his father acts as a strong contrast to his A Based On The 3:05 National Bestseller 7:05 5:05 COMMUNION 9:05 T0MSELLECK AN INNOCENT MAN 11 5:00 9:00 Some people spend their whole lives searching for something. Some people find it. A DON BLUTH FILM MlPogSco To!eat7einL From the Director of AN AMERICAN TAIL and THE LAND BEFORE TIME TMC1989 Coldcrest & Sullivan Bluth Ltd. vam uiwta Musis ncrura. mc An Mortal xnust mMM 51 1 Wh relationship with his own son (Ethan Hawke). Hawke (Dead Poets' Society) gives an excellent performance as Scott Tremont, a footloose teen who has never had a loving relationship with his father. When Scott hears about his grandmother's heart attack,he leaves Mexico (where he has been searching for the meaning of life), goes to his grandparent's house and finds his father there. Hawke does an excellent job portraying the inde pendent, sensitive teen. The audience can immediately sense the void between John and Scott. When they greet each other at the door, they shake hands as if they were merely acquaintances which isn't far from the truth. It is obvious through their relationship that Goldberg is saying that it takes something tragic to bring people closer. Goldberg's long-running hit TV series Family Ties brought him rec ognition as a successful television director. He based the series on his personal experiences as a father, and these ideas cross over into Dad. Just like the direction of his TV show, Goldberg is able to combine the comedy and tragedy of a situation, often with poignant results, and his characters are drawn well enough so that the audience can relate strongly them. Although there is little that distinguishes Dad from a made-for-TV movie, Goldberg's great skill in expressing the poignancy of Dad's drama and the strong performances of its cast lift it above average TV fare. Goldberg uses the techniques he learned in Family Ties to make a cinema version of entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Dad is the story of a man accept ing his father's old age and accepting his own responsibilities as a father. The movie brings tears to your eyes, not only from the sensitive moments but from the humor as well. Although Danson, Dukakis and Hawke give worthy performances, it's Lemmon who will most likely get the Oscar nomination for his role in this one. What The Ratings Mean O miserable. OO mediocre OOO enjoyable OOOO quite good OOOOO unmissable VARSITY EAST FRANKLIN CHAPEL HILL 67-6665 'POWERFULLY MOVING AND SO FUNNY IT HUBTS." -PETER TKAVEBS I ROLLING STONE CRIMES and sex, lies, and videotape 4t13:15 LAST DAT! 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