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Oleanna ★½ 1994

Mamet directs the big-screen version of his controversial play about political correctness, sexual harrassment, and the gender gap. Pompous, burned-out college professor (Macy) is accused of sexual harassment by dense, shrill, academically weak student (Eisenstadt) after she misconstrues a self-important speech as a come-on. Unbalanced perspective, obvious stereotyping of unsympathetic characters, and weak performances remove any hint of the intended drama. 90m/C VHS, DVD . William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt; D: David Mamet; W: David Mamet; C: Andrzej Sekula; M: Rebecca Pidgeon.

Oleanna

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