CANT BE HEAVEN
However, Can't Be Heaven is a thoroughly insipid film. The sincerity of its childhood portrait is crippled by banal direction and colourless photography. Moreover, the story, while it clearly sets out to tell a very personal story, is never really about anything the film never develops anything that could be construed as a plot. The film ends on a fantastique supernatural note, one that draws upon an old-fashioned sentimentalism and comes ladled with treacle in director Richard Friedmans hands.
The cast of semi-recognisable faces includes Matt McCoy; Rachel Ticotin as the mother; an unrecognisable Ralph Macchio, once The Karate Kid (1984), as the ghostly saxophonist; Michelle Trachtenberg, later to become a regular on tvs Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) as the girl-next-door love interest; and Diane Ladd, who gives a performance of forced affectations as the cliche of an Italian matriarch.
Director Richard Friedman has dabbled in genre cinema a number of times before with low-budget films like Doom Asylum (1987), Scared Stiff/The Masterson Curse (1987), Phantom of the Mall: Erics Revenge (1989), Ground Zero (2000), Dark Wolf (2003) and Born (2007).
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