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Friday, May 30, 2008


Alice Hoffman ’s novel about a mysterious death at a New England Prep School is just about perfect fodder for a mid-sized indie pic. Accidental death? Suicide? Hazing gone too far? Murder? Is the academy covering up to protect its reputation or to protect one of the wealthy kids? Are the local police complicit, turning away from evidence to protect the dependent town’s cash cow? Add on a dogged cop with a troubled past and a developing affair with one of the teachers and you’ve got a nice mix of P. D. James & BLUE VELVET. Alas, you have to put all the elements together for yourself in this borderline amateur effort. As the pretty teacher, Jennifer Ehle makes for a nicely enigmatic romantic goal, but Edward Burns fails to register under Nick Willing ’s feeble megging.

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