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Danny Collins

Rated R 106 minutes 2015

In 1971, John Lennon read an interview with up-and-coming English folksinger Steve Tilston in which Tilston worried that success would inhibit him creatively; the former Beatle dashed off a letter to Tilston protesting that this wasn't so, but Tilston never saw the letter until 2005. I can imagine a lot of good movies developing from this premise, but as fictionalized by screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Last Vegas), it becomes yet another soggy tale of father-son healing, with a disllusioned boomer rock star (Al Pacino) trying to reconnect with his estranged biological child (Bobby Cannavale). Lennon solo tunes decorate the soundtrack, though the climactic cameo appearance by Yoko Ono that I thought was inevitable never materializes. Fogelman directed; with Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, and Annette Bening, the movie’s sole bright spot, as a prim hotel manager gently fending off the amorous, scarf-laden rocker.

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Director: Dan Fogelman

Producer: Jessie Nelson, Nimitt Mankad, Denise Di Novi, Shivani Rawat, Declan Baldwin and Monica Levinson

Cast: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer, Josh Peck, Melissa Benoist and Giselle Eisenberg

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