!http://a1055.g.akamai.net/f/1055/1400/5h/images.barnesandnoble.com/images/7200000/7202079.jpg! Although there is definitely a soft white underbelly of overblown sentiment in this movie, there’s also a good chunk of Michael Caine and Robert Duvall appearing to be having–and if you credit Caine’s appearance on The Daily Show, having–a lot of fun, along with pretty decent work by Haley Joe Osment, who gives every sign of growing into a credible actor.
I was surprised to find, browsing on “IMDb”:http://imdb.com/ that one of his first film rolls was as Forrest Gump Jr. Oh, well, there’s no accounting for coincidence.
Even weirder is to find that the director is planning to write and direct a film of Piers Anthony’s ??A Spell for Chameleon??, which I think is just too strange to transfer well to film.