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I'll Remember April

In a California coastal town during World War II, four boys find and hide a Japanese sailor who?s been washed ashore from his submarine; one of the boys is of Japanese descent, and his family is ordered to a relocation camp. The story unfolds through the eyes of the boy?s best friend, whose parents (Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon) staunchly defend the boy?s grandfather (Pat Morita) against the FBI and a greedy real-estate agent. Mark Sanderson?s semiautobiographical script has a nice feel for sleepy small-town life in the early 40s and the boys? delight in their clandestine adventure, but it?s overly schematic, the crises serving as tidy lessons in moral choice. Bob Clark (Porky?s, A Christmas Story) directs as if thinking of The Goonies; he pushes a lot of emotional buttons, getting rambunctious performances from his kid actors but sanctimonious ones from the adults. With Trevor Morgan and Haley Joel Osment. 90 min.

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