Restrained tearjerker: restrained in that it doesn't work too hard at jerking tears (come what tears may). It works hard at other things, though. It thoroughly, for example, scouts out the people, activities, and amenities aboard a luxury Mediterranean cruise liner (the sightseeing stops are more perfunctory: the Roman Coliseum, the Parthenon, the Sphinx). This overseas holiday is a divorced father's way of reacquainting himself and reingratiating himself with his two biological children and one adopted one, but he soon discovers that communication with children takes more practice than he has lately put in (some good dialogue there). Things get a bit better on the holiday before they get a lot worse. The company of child actors, as in Conrack and The Champ, seems to bring out in Jon Voight a corresponding childlikeness, as well as one of his best overall performances. With Marie Christine Barrault and Richard Crenna; written by David Seltzer; directed by Robert Lieberman. (1983) — Duncan Shepherd
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