The Majestic

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The Majestic ★★½ 2001 (PG)

Carrey is a blacklisted writer who suffers from amnesia after a car crash. He winds up in a small town where he's mistaken for a presumed MIA soldier, who was the son of Landau, the local movie theatre owner. Darabont's self-admitted ode to Frank Capra evokes the All-American innocence and decency that Capra's films revelled in, but doesn't quite match the charm. Cynics will think it's too sentimental and tries to hard, romantics and others not quick to sneer at nostalgia should enjoy themselves. Carrey does a fine job with the lead role. 152m/C VHS, DVD . US Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Ron Rifkin, Hal Holbrook, Bob Balaban, Brent Briscoe, Gerry Black, Susan Willis, Catherine Dent, Chelcie Ross, Amanda Detmer, Allen (Goorwitz) Garfield, Daniel von Bargen, Shawn Doyle, Bruce Campbell, Clifford Curtis; D: Frank Darabont; W: Michael Sloane; C: David Tattersall; M: Mark Isham.