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Imaginary Heroes

Those who do not remember Ordinary People are condemned to repeat it. For his feature directorial debut, Dan Harris—whose screenplay credits include the action title X2 and a forthcoming remake of Logan's Run—chose to tell the story of a dysfunctional American family in crisis. The tone is wackier than that of Redford's opus, but the stand-up performance is still that of the mom—Sigourney Weaver, making the most of the meatiest part she's had in years: She feuds with a neighbor! She smokes dope! She trips! Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, and Kip Pardue all dutifully labor away to show that four people can live together and still not communicate very well. Harris is only 25, but that's no excuse. 117 min.

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