Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Able Old Caine

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Able Old Caine

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

Around The Bend

Cert 15, 84 mins

IF YOU remember the lyrics of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Up Around The Bend, you may gather what this strange little film is about. But then you might not - rock lyrics are a bit cloudy at times. Michael Caine is an old boy who loves going to KFC restaurants. On his last legs, he summons his family round him before dying. Then, in his will he asks for his ashes to be scattered bit by bit near the sites of half a dozen KFC restaurants on the road to New Mexico. The ritual brings the family together again as they "catch a ride to the end of the highway".

Josh Lucas is Caine's grownup grandson who would do anything for a normal life and doesn't look like getting it, and Christopher Walken is his estranged father, a man with a chequered past who appears from nowhere and eventually disappears again.

This gives the ravagedlooking actor the kind of eccentric part he encompasses very watchably, and writer- director Jordan Roberts orchestrates the road movie as if it has tons of significance.

Maybe it has. But, unlike Creedence Clearwater, it also has considerable pretensions.

Don't bother setting a date for this

The Wedding Date

Cert 12A, 89 mins

DEBRA MESSING, of Will & Grace fame, translates into a passable film star.

She plays Kat, who lives in New York and requires a handsome and jealousy-inducing date to go with her to England where her spoiled half-sister is getting married, with Kat's ex-lover as her best man. The professional escort is Dermot Mulroney and they fall in love for real.

British director Clare Kilner directs this romantic comedy with professional fluency throughout, but the film still looks like My Best Friend's Wedding crossed with Four Weddings And A Funeral.

We've seen it all before - and much better done in some cases. …

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