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The Amazing Floydini

Cast of When Do We Eat?: There's something about a seder.
Cast of When Do We Eat?: There's something about a seder.
Marie Matiko: Hooked up with a malevolent wreck
Marie Matiko: Hooked up with a malevolent wreck

Details

Thursday, April 14, through Thursday, April 21, at Muvico Parisian 20, CityPlace, West Palm Beach; and at Sunrise Cinemas, Mizner Park, Boca Raton. Call 561-362-0003.

When you're a middle-aged guy living in a squalid New York City apartment and asking Mom to pay for your shrink, things can't get much worse. But they don't get any better for Floyd (Gabriel Barre ) when he announces, upon turning 40, that he wants to be a professional magician. After trying a series of really odd odd jobs (sperm bank donor, nude model), the incessantly brooding Floyd takes the advice of his psychologist, Linda (Andrea Barnes), who tells him to do what he loves. Floyd does just that, although his first attempt at a magic show -- performing at a birthday party for a pimp's kid -- ends in humiliating failure. So when Floyd meets the similarly downtrodden Lulu (Barbara Christabella), she quickly convinces the magician that his only recourse is pickpocketing. Soon, the two are romantically involved and criminally engaged, stealing wallets in elevators and bathroom stalls. Floyd still has an itch for straight magic, much to the chagrin of Lulu, who scoffs at his relentless talk of the m word. But by this point, Floyd has begun to lose his way; he can't even keep his appointments with Linda (and it's obvious she fancies him as more than a regular patient). The Amazing Floydini is a skewed coming-of-age tale about a guy who should have come of age 20 years ago. Writer and director Brent Nemetz eschews the fancy smoke and mirrors and draws from the only bag of tricks a good movie needs -- a solid plot line, multidimensional characters, and a heavy dose of humor. It's never too late to find your role in life -- even if that means sawing your girlfriend in half just to keep the electricity on in your apartment. (7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Muvico Parisian 20 and 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Sunrise Cinemas) -- Jason Budjinski « Previous Page

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