Joshua Then and Now | Chicago Reader

Joshua Then and Now

Mordecai Richler's novel of Jewish resentment, about a Montreal street kid (James Woods) who rises above his pastrami upbringing to become an internationally celebrated writer, marries a WASP dream girl (French-Canadian actress Gabrielle Lazure, dubbed), and then discovers how empty, corrupt, and neurotic the upper-crust world can be. The material isn't fresh, and director Ted Kotcheff hasn't created an environment convincing enough to support it (the film has no more sense of time and place than an average TV show); about all he can do to energize the choppy script is pump up the performances, and they achieve the awful dimensions of colliding dirigibles. Alan Arkin, as Woods's flashy con-man father, drops in once in a while to read comic monologues; he disrupts the flow of the film completely, but he's the only entertaining element in it. With Michael Sarrazin, Linda Sorensen, Alan Scarfe, and Robert Joy.

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