Picks and Pans Review: Billy Galvin

updated 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

"You gotta have something to point to," construction worker Jack Galvin tells his college-age son, Billy. For Jack, that something is both tangible, the Boston skyscrapers he's worked on, and intangible, the chance for Billy to make more of himself than his blue-collar father. Problem is, Billy wants to follow in the old man's footsteps. That rift is at the heart of this unpretentious domestic drama. Billy, solidly played by Lenny (Tender Mercies) Von Dohlen, wants to bridge the gap between himself and his father (Karl Maiden in his first big-screen role since 1983). "I thought you said you love me," he says to Maiden, who replies, "You've got convenient hearing." Von Dohlen is appropriately angst-filled, and Maiden is a bundle of idiosyncrasies, calling everyone "yardbird" and having door-slamming contests with his understanding wife, played by Joyce (The Falcon and the Snowman) Van Patten. Toni (Private Benjamin) Kalem rounds out the strong cast as Von Dohlen's girlfriend. The proportions are hardly epic, but director John Gray's knack for detail provides a bittersweet slice of real life. (PG-13)

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