Picks and Pans Review: A Little Romance
About the only good moment in this perfectly awful film occurs when director George Roy Hill screens some clips from his celebrated movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. That's at the beginning, and it's all downhill from there. Newcomer Diane Lane plays an American teenager living in Paris with her rich stepfather (Arthur Hill) and on-the-make mother (Sally Kellerman). When she meets and falls in love with a young French boy (Thelonious Bernard), Mom throws a fit—and the story lurches off into absurdity. The problem is that director Hill has saddled two pubescent children with grown-up emotions that make them seem as if they are playacting more than they really are. Poor Laurence Olivier's role as a kindly old diplomat borders embarrassingly on camp. (PG)
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