Picks and Pans Review: The Boys of 2nd Street Park

updated 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun. Sept., 28, 8 p.m. ET)

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The overused term "labor of love" truly applies to the filmmaking debut of P.R. magnate Dan Klores and ad-agency boss Ron Berger. The codirectors trace the lives of their old Brooklyn buddies, following them from playground basketball in the early '60s to the misspent years of sex, drugs and rock and roll to the accomplishments and sorrows of adulthood.

Though they try to focus on six main characters—one of whom, a former drug abuser, is particularly interesting—Klores and Berger can't help doling out screen time to friends on the periphery. The result is a generous, affectionate and somewhat cluttered film.

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