Picks and Pans Review: Halftime: Five Yale Men at Midlife
PBS (Wed., July 26, 9 P.M. ET)
"We're poor little Iambs, who have lost our way..." For 90 minutes five heretofore unknown Yalies from the Class of 1963—selected from 200 who answered a preliminary questionnaire—sit around talking about their midlife crises, at first alone and then in a group. "Little black sheep who have gone astray..." Their depressing subject matters include job switches after 40, divorce, low sperm count and homosexuality. "Gentlemen songsters off on a spree..." Except for having the same alma mater, there's little to tie these men's lives together. "Damned from here to eternity..." Did they feel they lived up to the potential of their privileged, Ivy League starts? The question isn't raised, though none of them seems overly happy. "God have mercy on such as we..." Investment banker-turned-filmmaker David Keller, who also graduated from Yale in 1963, co-produced and wrote this rambling, uninvolving affair. "Baa, baa, baa."
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