New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
This begins with, and would never have gotten off the ground without, a marketable hook — male exotic dancers — and then for good measure casts out another marketable hook — older-women-younger-men relationships: hot topics such as would be taken up in the best-selling women's magazines. The central relationship is built out from there, as if it were a matter of filling in the blanks. This is the backasswards way to go about things, and through some concordant desire to sink the hooks in deeper, to make the hot topics hotter, to broaden the appeal of a limited-appeal subject, the blanks are filled in in such a way as to undermine the movie's own premise. Redeemed partially, but not significantly, by some unpredictable plot twists and unexpected pockets of feeling. With Lesley Ann Warren and Christopher Atkins; written by Joan Tewkesbury; directed by John G. Avildsen. 1983.