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‘45 Minutes From Broadway’ is way off

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45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY

George (Jack Heller), the aging thespian paterfamilias of the clan of hams in Henry Jaglom’s new film (based on his 2009 stage production, “45 Minutes From Broadway,” with a title taken from the George M. Cohan musical), disdains working on TV or in dinner theater. Compared to this movie, however, these would be preferable alternatives.

Set up as a play within a movie, the story takes place over some 24 hours at the family summer home, which, in an ill-judged stab at reflexivity, is revealed to be a set in Los Angeles (that would be about six hours by plane from the avenue of broken dreams).

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