The Boys Next Door 1996

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The Boys Next Door ★★½ 1996 (PG)

Gentle comedy/drama, based on Tom Griffin's play, about four mentally disabled men—Norman (Lane), Barry (Leonard), Arnold (Jeter), and Lucien (Vance)—who share a house under the supervision of too-dedicated social worker Jack (Goldwyn). In fact, Jack's devotion is causing enough problems in his marriage to have him consider changing careers, even as each of “the boys” struggle with their daily lives. TV movie is overly sweet but the performances are very good. 99m/ C VHS . Nathan Lane, Tony Goldwyn, Robert Sean Leonard, Michael Jeter, Courtney B. Vance, Mare Winningham, Jenny Robertson, Elizabeth Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Lynne Thigpen; D: John Erman; W: William Blinn; C: Frank Tidy; M: John Kander. TV