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The Gold Brooch (Broche de oro)

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It’s refreshing to see a comedy about crotchety nursing-home residents who don’t mumble with British or American accents. Unfortunately, that’s the only characteristic that distinguishes writer-director Raúl Marchand Sánchez’s Broche de Oro from its English-speaking counterparts. Think Cocoon, only this time with nothing you've dreamed of and everything you expect. A sympathetic grandson (Luis Omar O'Farrill) springs his gramps (Jacobo Morales) and two cronies (Diego de la Texera and Adrian Garcia, the latter providing overstated comic relief) from their iron-fisted Catholic old folks' home for one last weekend on the town. As the dyslexic Dadaist once said, herd me if you’ve stopped this one. What’s needed to set the proceedings careening in a tailspin of comic inventiveness? How about placing Mother Superior and her wacky security guard in hot pursuit? Rough going, even by Univision Puerto Rico’s standards. (2012) — Scott Marks

Rated NR | 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Two words: hazard pay.

July 27, 2013

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