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'The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle'
Once upon a time, at a venue far, far away, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band made their name in Austin
Music Story  March 16, 2012, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Nearly a year later, before a February concert at the University of Kentucky supporting second album The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, band manager Mike Appel got into an argument with drummer Vini Lopez. A day later, Springsteen asked for Lopez's resignation and the band was forced to cancel the rest of its regional run...."

The Wild, the Innocent, and the Five Armadillo Shows
Music Story  April 3, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Local lore has it that Bruce Springsteen landed at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters because local poster artist Micael Priest snuck a copy of The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle onto Armadillo founder Eddie Wilson's turntable (see "Tales Behind the Posters," Oct. 6, 2006)..."

Flight of the Innocent
Ten-year-old Vito (Colao) lives in Calabria, in southern Italy, a place where the sun bakes sleepy villages populated by farmers, sheepherds, and kidnappers. His family is one of those who...
Film Review  January 28, 1994, by Marc Savlov

Defending the Innocent in Texas
The Texas Center for Actual Innocence is open for business at the UT Law School
News Story  May 7, 2004, by Rita Radostitz
"...Throughout the Ochoa case, as Allison learned in harrowing detail how an innocent man could be caught up in the criminal justice system, he wondered about how many more Ochoas there might be. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice houses over 126,000 inmates in 60 prisons all over the state..."

Notes on Kamp: The Only Way Is Abolition
The death penalty is too flawed to be saved
News Column  April 28, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...This week, Chase Hoffberger digs into the story of death row inmate Louis Perez (see "Reasonable Doubt," April 29). While I know that plenty of people won't come away believing Perez is innocent of the crimes for which he was sentenced to death, I would hope most would be given pause by just how scanty the evidence is that he's guilty...."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Second verse, much the same as the first: The Games may have changed but Katniss Everdeen is still our favorite pawn.
Film Review  November 22, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The desperate drive to survive is a dampened flame in the sequel, and that makes sense. This is no longer the story of an innocent forced into a nationally-televised battle to the death; the innocent, a spitfire named Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), bested the Hunger Games by breaking the rules, and the nation has since become inflamed with the realization that there is wiggle room under said boot..."

The Endless
Sibling banter and cosmic terror means observational comedy horror.
Film Review  April 20, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Benson gives Justin a tired intensity, as the brother who has had to become the de facto head of their dysfunctional household. Meanwhile Moorhead's onscreen Aaron evokes a young Cary Elwes, somewhere between the innocent charm of The Princess Bride's Westley and the awkward idiocy of Jerry the stepdad in Liar Liar..."

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
The origins of the iconic Amazon princess
Film Review  October 13, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Their studies into female eroticism elicit the attention of comely coed Olive Byrne (Heathcote), wide-eyed and eager to assist the Marstons in their experiments. Seduction of the innocent? Sorry, Dr..."

Repo! The Genetic Opera
This cyber-gothic opera set in an unsavory world of the near-future stars Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, and Paris Hilton, among others.
Film Review  November 7, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Recently diagnosed with an unnamed terminal illness, Rotti is loathe to bequeath his beloved GeneCo to his psychopathic offspring (among them Hilton and The Devil's Rejects' Moseley). Instead, he schemes to lure the innocent Shilo from her father's clutches and into his own..."

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
Film Review  January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...There’s a hitch, of course: Brooks must file a 500-word report upon his return, a seemingly mammoth undertaking that forms the quietly hysterical underpinning of this doomed undertaking. Shepherded by a pair of State Department lackeys (Tenney and Lynch) and a vivaciously game interpreter (Sheth), the Innocent Abroad travels to New Delhi and discovers that a) Polish jokes work the world over, and b) shit jokes bomb in India..."

Friend of the Family
In Thomas Mallon's new nonfiction book, the strangest figure in the JFK assassination is the most honest one.
Books Story  January 25, 2002, by Clay Smith
"...Much of it reads like a good detective novel as Mallon lays out what happened in the months immediately before and then after the assassination. But Mallon has always been intrigued by the innocent bystanders at American historical events who get caught up in events much bigger than themselves..."

Enemy of the State
Love him or hate him, Tony Scott only steals from the best. Enemy of the State is littered with echoes of previous thrillers -- everything from The Conversation to The...
Film Review  November 20, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...union attorney Robert Clayton Dean, who finds himself the target of a massive and deadly smear campaign by the National Security Administration when he unwittingly comes into possession of crucial evidence against State Department agent Brian Reynolds. Unaware that his every movement, conversation, and private moment is being surreptitiously tracked and recorded by Reynolds' rogue team of techies (led by a smarmy Jack Black, far afield from his Tenacious D comedy antics), the innocent, naive Dean desperately searches for a way to fight back, and eventually finds one in the mysterious spook Brill (Hackman, essentially updating his role from Coppola's aforementioned The Conversation)..."

We Were the Urban Pioneers
Our search for the just-right million-dollar condo, in the wilds of Downtown
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Wells Dunbar and Jordan Smith
"...In order to shield the innocent – and the not so innocent – we should note that in what follows here we change the identity of every condo-marketing and sales representative we came in contact with on the high lonesome plains of the condo plateau...."

Fantastic Fest Review: The Endless
Spring team head on a familiar but reinvented roadtrip
DAILY Screens  September 28, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Benson gives Justin a tired intensity, as the brother who has had to become the de facto head of their dysfunctional household. Meanwhile Moorhead's onscreen Aaron evokes a young Cary Elwes, somewhere between the innocent charm of The Princess Bride's Westley and the awkward idiocy of Jerry the stepdad in Liar Liar...."

How the "Night of the Slasher" (Almost) Never Came
SXSW Midnight short's frantic journey to be made
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...His subversive take on horror's "final girl" trope centers on the relationship between a survivor (Lily Berlina), her slasher (producer Adam Lesar, pulling double duty), and the innocent dupe she drags into her mess (Scott Javore, whose character is tellingly just called "the bait"). "She's a final girl victim who has to drink, do drugs, and have sex, do the horror movie sins, as a way of coping with her trauma."..."

The Night He Came to Fantastic Fest
Genre fest announces Halloween for opening night
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"... [image-5] IN FABRIC D: Peter Strickland United Kingdom, 2018, U.S. Premiere, 118 min. Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, Berberian Sound Studio) returns to Fantastic Fest in full, flourishing style with In Fabric, a film that’s part surreal thriller, part giallo love letter, part fashion collage, and all hypnotic originality. THE INNOCENT D: Simon Jaquemet Switzerland, Germany, 2018, U.S..."

The Music Lover's Guide to Austin
The essential sounds, sights, and settings of Austin music
DAILY Chronolog  March 3, 2017
"...PHOTO OPS [image-1]

No Instagram-worthy Austin music experience is complete without a picture in front of Daniel Johnston’s “Hi, How Are You” mural (Guadalupe & 21st). Austin’s most iconic piece of street art – also known as Jeremiah the Innocent – was painted in 1993 on the side of erstwhile record store Sound Exchange by the cult songwriter..."

Page Two: We Are the Eggmen
In the abstract, people are usually good about defending free speech. They fall apart in the specifics.
Columns  October 15, 2010, by Louis Black
"...The ACLU became involved, defending the Nazis' right to march. This was not because, as is often asserted by the union's conservative and proudly self-proclaimed patriotic opposition, the ACLU lawyers hated the United States, swooned at the sight of swastikas, or were more vehemently committed to defending the rights of the guilty than they were those of the innocent...."

A Chip off the Auld Sod
Off the Bookshelf
Books Review  October 24, 1997
"...What Girls Learn by Karin Cook (Pantheon, $23, hard) is a sharp, clean novel that plays on the familiar themes of family loss, betrayal, and self-discovery with the innocent knowingness of a girl poised towards womanhood. "I grew up on white lies," Tilden, the observant and wise 12-year-old narrator observes..."

Innocent Blood
Fatally beautiful, doomed to suck blood through eternity: what's a nice vampire to do? We all come up with our own solutions to life's little problems and Landis' beautiful vampire...
Film Review  October 2, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...Landis (Oscar, Trading Places, Coming to America), whose career has been uneven to say the least, returns to the modern-day horror film, a genre he had good luck with in An American Werewolf in London. Though Landis is not as lucky here (he has grown oddly stodgy and traditional since his early years), Innocent Blood has its moments..."

Framing the Guilty?
Houston police thought they had their man – so the evidence was no problem
News Story  November 2, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Although the deaths of Charles and Taylor and the subsequent conviction of Hughes might appear a simple tale of prey and predator, the truth is far more complicated, says John Allen, a Cali­fornia-based blogger better known in cyberspace as The Skeptical Juror. Allen is adamant not only that Hughes is innocent, but also that he was framed by members of the Houston police, who planted evidence in his apartment; by the police crime lab, whose scientists did scant testing of the evidence; and by a deputy medical examiner who bent over backward during Hughes' trial to bolster the state's theory of the crime..."

A Quarrel With the Status Quo
Charlie Baird on criminal justice, equity, and the Travis County D.A.
News Story  January 20, 2012
"...(I will say this about her: I don't think that she sees necessarily the big, global, Travis County criminal justice picture, at least like I do. She's more compartmentalized.) And the other thing is, from a humanitarian-type thing, I don't think we should be arresting innocent people and having them in jail and losing their jobs and ......"

Believing the Children
In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"..."I don't think we put too much stock in the recantation," said Case, in part because it is not uncommon for suspects to recant – particularly in universally unsavory child sex-abuse cases. But it is also not uncommon for innocent people to confess to notorious crimes – it's one of the reasons investigators withhold significant details that only the actual offender would know...."

Tinkering With the Machinery of Death
The Texas Legislature moves slowly to consider alternatives to the death penalty
News Column  March 9, 2001, by Michael King
"..."Like most Texans," Gov. Rick Perry said, "I am a proponent of capital punishment because it affirms the high value we place on innocent life." There was an undeniable irony in the governor's juxtaposition of the death penalty and innocence -- since it's become increasingly apparent in recent years that any decent respect for innocent life argues for the abolition of capital punishment..."

Ministering to the Dead
A death row chaplain has a change of heart in At the Death House Door
Screens Story  March 7, 2008, by Clay Smith
"...The mystery of how a man who appeared to confess immediately was apparently innocent is a gripping story, but it is only part of Steve James and Peter Gilbert's intimate and probing documentary At the Death House Door. James and Gilbert, the filmmakers behind Hoop Dreams and Stevie, call the investigation into who actually killed Lopez one of the "vertebrae" of the film but not its spine..."

Guilty Until, and After, Proven Innocent
Sebesta still insists that Graves is guilty
DAILY News  January 20, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The evidence showed prosecutorial misconduct by Sebesta, who the courts say hid exculpatory evidence from Graves’ defenders at trial. The state initially said it would retry Graves, but in October 2010 reversed itself and (after a lengthy Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff finally laid out the entire case from end to end) declared Graves an innocent man..."

Rooting Out the Causes of Wrongful Conviction
Commission would investigate wrongful convictions
DAILY News  March 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Named after the state's first posthumously exonerated inmate, who died in prison while serving out a sentence for a 1985 rape he did not commit, the proposed Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission would be made up of nine unpaid members appointed by the governor. Among their duties, the members would be tasked with making "thorough review or investigation of all cases in which an innocent person was convicted and exonerated" in order to determine the causes of the wrongful convictions; "ascertain errors and defects in the laws, rules, proof, and procedures applied" in prosecuting the wrongfully convicted; and consider and develop solutions to correct the errors found...."

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?
A new law review article raises questions about the Carlos De Luna case
DAILY News  May 15, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...It’s been 23 years since Carlos De Luna was executed by lethal injection for the 1983 attempted robbery and murder of Wanda Lopez at a Corpus Christi gas station; this week, a book-length law review article was released that meticulously deconstructs the case – and makes it almost undeniable that Texas has executed an innocent man...."

The Losers
In this action movie, a U.S. Special Forces unit on a mission in the jungles of Bolivia becomes the target for assassination and must figure out who is double-crossing them.
Film Review  April 30, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...(As if there could be any other way. Please.) When The Losers works, it works well, steamrolling over any nagging plot holes – like how does the presumedly CIA-controlled Max manage to get away with killing so many innocent (or relatively innocent) people without being reined in? – in a flurry of gunfire, pyrotechnics, and comically jagged machismo..."

The Eye
This moody Hong Kong thriller puts a stylish new spin on the old Hands of Orlac horror motif: transplanted body parts causing havoc for their innocent recipients. Here the lucky...
Film Review  June 27, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Lee Sin-je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Candy Lo, Yut Lai So and Yin Ping Ko. This moody Hong Kong thriller puts a stylish new spin on the old Hands of Orlac horror motif: transplanted body parts causing havoc for their innocent recipients..."

The Golem
This rarely screened silent film is based on the Jewish folktale of the golem. Remembered as a high point in German Expressionism, with dramatically painted sets and crowd scenes and stylized acting. The Golem is played by co-director Wegener, who also directed this story a couple of other times.
Film Review  June 22, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This rarely screened silent film is based on the Jewish folktale of the golem – a clay monster created by Rabbi Loew in the 16th century to thwart the Hapsburg rulers after they issue a decree exiling all the Jews because of a plague for which they are superstitiously held responsible. Not unlike Frankenstein, the golem terrorizes the emperor’s court, falls in love with the rabbi’s daughter, and is subdued by an innocent child..."

The Players Club
Grab those hankies and bottomless popcorn tubs, fellas; there's a new entry in the burgeoning field of pastie-whirling stripper flicks cum social commentaries. Pardon me if I sound a tad...
Film Review  April 17, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...That said, Cube still earns a Breast of Show by -- as they say in the rap biz -- keepin' it real. His heroine, a bodacious yet initially innocent shoe clerk named Diamond (Raye), seems like a person we've met before..."

Meet the Deedles
I have to admit to not really being able to remember all of the Teenese from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure or Fast Times at Ridgemont High or even Clueless...
Film Review  April 3, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...Langer from My So-Called Life) and a lot of X-treme Games-style stunts (motorized skateboarding, road luging, and white-water river surfing, to name but a few). But, there's an awful lot of dead time in this picture, and while it's a bit too sweet and innocent to utterly despise, there's nothing there to really like..."

The Young Poisoner's Handbook
Loosely based on the real-life misadventures of Great Britain's notorious Graham Young, Benjamin Ross' feature debut is a clever, wry, and thoroughly creepy take on both Sixties life in suburban...
Film Review  April 19, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Ross' film is only partly based on reality and is quite probably all the better for it. While the real Young was an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler, O'Conor plays Graham as a wide-eyed innocent, utterly unable to fathom the severity of his crimes..."

My Father the Hero
Take Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, plot lines from Preston Sturges's sociopathic screwball comedy The Lady Eve and a second-rate sitcom, add a dash of slapstick a la Jerry...
Film Review  February 11, 1994, by Pamela Bruce
"...For the life of me, I don't know why this film is being marketed as some sort of sexy teen farce of “the older man and the teen babe,” but I suppose audience consciousness has been thoroughly saturated by the now-mythical Amy Fisher-Joey Buttafuocco affair that it has blurred the lines between sordid reality and entertainment. But the reality of this film is that it is pretty innocent fare, for the most part, and Depardieu does prove his versatility by possessing a natural comic flair that eases him into the paunchy papa bear role..."

The Air Up There
The time-worn formula of the underdog surpassing all odds meets a premise reeking of cultural imperialism that takes basketball mania a bit too far. A self-assured, fast-talking coach at a...
Film Review  January 7, 1994, by Pamela Bruce
"...Before you can say “slam dunk,” Dolan is on his way to Kenya to convince this born-to-be sports superstar, by any means possible, to sign on the dotted line. But, no matter how cute or clever Dolan appears in his outwardly innocent agenda, there are still ambiguous underlying implications to suggest that his character represents yet another unwelcome and unnecessary intrusion into the Third World by an Industrial Nation..."

Children of the Corn Ii: The Final Sacrifice
“Based on a short story by Stephen King”, Corn II drags that poor pop-culture stylist's already tarnished name through the mud and gore once again, as if anybody dared to...

Film Review  February 5, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Picking up where the previous travesty left off, new director David Price (also responsible for last year's grating Son of Darkness II: To Die For -- he seems to be making a name for himself in the spotty field of Bad Roman Numeral Films) tackles the shopworn themes of evil children and familial reconciliation with equal parts libertine goofiness and senseless overkill. As in the first film, formerly innocent children in America's maize-infested heartland are transforming into soulless little killers, intent on murdering their parents for the good of the corn and, of course, He Who Walks Behind the Rows..."

Return to the Blue Lagoon
They had to wait over ten years to make a sequel to Randal Kleiser's Blue Lagoon (which is itself a remake of a 1949 British movie) because they had to...
Film Review  August 9, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...Well, we've had our fun, now we have to get rid of the young mother after she goes to the trouble of instilling values and table manners into the youngsters. And with just enough time for a polite sniffle or two, our kids are ready to indulge in an innocent sexual cavort without parents or adults around..."

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The bloody spy series returns
Film Review  September 22, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...Wilde would say. Like its predecessor, everything about the stylized Kingsman: The Golden Circle teeters just a little over the top: the elegant international production values, the perfectly tailored Savile Row attire, the hyperviolent action sequences, the depiction of something more than just an innocent hint of sex..."

Family Law Attorneys Say Keller Is Innocent
Veteran practitioners support Fran Keller's bid for freedom
DAILY News  February 20, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"..."The undersigned all believe that Fran Keller is serving a sentence for a crime that actually never occurred and we all have been haunted since 1992 by a strong feeling that an injustice had been done," reads the friend-of-the-court brief filed by family attorneys Terry Weeks and Joe Milner on behalf of themselves and 18 other veteran lawyers and criminal justice system stakeholders who were working in the field of family law back in the early Nineties. "We all firmly believe she is innocent of the crime of which she was convicted."..."

Incendiary: The Willingham Case
The "junk science" used to make the case for the Texas execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for the arson murders of his children is persuasively laid out in this locally made documentary.
Film Review  September 23, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...He was found guilty and executed by the state of Texas in 2004. He never – publicly, at least – stopped insisting he was innocent...."

Taxi to the Dark Side
Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the patterns of abuse committed by American armed forces against enemy combatants in Iraq and elsewhere. Instead of bad apples, he finds bad orders.
Film Review  February 15, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...As Gibney methodically shows in Taxi to the Dark Side, the truth is much, much worse. Gibney's tone is rightfully outraged, but his simple presentation of the facts in the case of an innocent Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, who was the second person to die in the custody of U.S..."

The Ladies Man
Leon Phelps (Meadows) has never met booty he couldn't plunder. Between his mile-high Afro, crème-colored flairs, and open-just-shy-of-the-navel rayon disco shirts, he's a walking anachronism, a pleasant enough fellow who...

Film Review  October 13, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...It's one of the most deadly dull SNL spinoffs since the rightfully forgotten It's Pat! or A Night at the Roxbury. Meadows himself is a likable, quixotic comic, possessed of sly asides, fine timing, and an innocent, “What? Me worry?” visage..."

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
Who would have thought that deconstructionism could be so much fun? Although on the surface similar to the more conventional documentary The Celluloid Closet, The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender...
Film Review  August 21, 1998, by Steve Davis
"...Usually, the context was a comic one, as in the perennial pairing of Hope and Crosby in the road movies (in which they kissed each other -- mistakenly, of course -- quite a few times), or in the grizzled old prospector syndrome, best typified by the crotchety and crusty Walter Brennan in films in which he “played” to the leading man. Was it a parody of heterosexuality or a bold depiction of gay flirtation? Did it push the proverbial envelope or merely aim for a laugh? Rappaport also dissects the careers of Danny Kaye, Cary Grant, Clifton Webb, and Randolph Scott -- all of whom were either full-time or part-time gay -- and demonstrates how otherwise innocent lines of dialogue take on a different meaning when placed in the context of the actor's private life..."

The Parent Trap
In the sunny, innocent years that preceded the scourge of adolescence, my good humor could be bought with an ice cream cone or a round of miniature golf, or, especially,...
Film Review  July 31, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...Starring: Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Lindsay Lohan, Lisa Ann Walter, Simon Kunz, Elaine Hendrix and Ronnie Stevens. In the sunny, innocent years that preceded the scourge of adolescence, my good humor could be bought with an ice cream cone or a round of miniature golf, or, especially, a Saturday matinee..."

The Crow: City of Angels
More often than not, film sequels are inferior things, pale shades of their predecessors, born shrouded in a caul of Tinseltown greed sometimes months before the original film has even...
Film Review  September 6, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Pope's film takes up some years after the events chronicled in the original: Sarah (Kirshner), the young narrator of the first film has grown up and apparently moved to some godforsaken metropolis that may or may not be Los Angeles. (Production designer Alex McDowell is back again as well, expertly filling the screen with complex, haunting images and backdrops of ruin; indeed, his intensely personal vision may be the real star of both Crow films.) It's here she discovers that another unjustly murdered innocent has been brought back by the great black bird to seek vengeance on his killers..."

The Silence of Neto
Guatemala's first real film produced by the country's fledgling movie industry is an odd blend of the fantastic and the all-too-real that, although critically praised and the recipient of several...
Film Review  November 10, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Director Argueta brings in the fantasy element here, allowing the boy to call up his wise uncle at a moment's notice, seemingly from the spirit plane, though Ernesto -- at this point -- is very much alive. Like John Boorman's Hope and Glory and a host of other films, The Silence of Neto seeks to tell the story of earth-shaking events through the eyes of an innocent..."

The Glass Shield
In this often overlooked film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger), a black cop in an all-white police station confronts racism from his colleagues and incredulity from his family and community
Film Review  June 23, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Moreover, has anyone ever heard of a uniformed Jewish female cop?) Anyway, this station is riddled with deep-rooted corruption and it all comes to a head for J.J. when an innocent black man (quite effectively played by Ice Cube) is framed for the murder of the wife of a prominent white citizen (Gould, in a role that has more than a passing resemblance to Boston's Charles Stuart fiasco from a few years back)..."

Women From the Lake of Scented Souls
There seem to be two distinct types of films coming out of post-Cultural Revolution China these days: quasi-erotic tales of concubines and love gone awry (Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell...
Film Review  January 20, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...With her family -- husband Que (Luosheng), mentally handicapped, 22-year-old son Dunzi, and younger daughter -- Xiang cultivates the finest sesame oil in the region, a fact that does not go unnoticed by a Japanese investor who stops by her home to sample her wares and ends up pumping much-needed cash into the venture. Xiang quickly decides that now's the time to marry off fractious Dunzi, and auditions a number of local girls, eventually deciding to go with innocent, giggly Huanhuan (Yujuan), a lower-caste peasant from a neighboring village..."

The Little Rascals
Kids will be kids. And that's the refreshing news about the Nineties version of Hollywood's original Brat Pack; the kids are basically the same as the ones Hal Roach trotted...
Film Review  August 19, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...Besides, adults can enjoy the way these youngsters spout grown-up chatter and all ages can delight in the old-fashioned slapstick. I won't claim this film's great, but it is fun, and remarkably innocent and playful..."

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