Irish director Pat O'Connor, who turned some heads with the politically charged CAL and the far gentler CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, takes a stab at late '50s Americana and comes up with a pastel-pretty and oh-so-dull coming of age tale. Set in 1957,
this tepid adaptation of Sue Miller's short story involves two families in small town Haley, IL: the socially prominent Abbotts, the richest family in town, and the less fortunate Holts. Volatile Jaycee Holt (Billy Crudup) is obsessed with the Abbotts, envious of all he feels should be his. His
determination to woo all the pretty Abbott sisters smacks more of revenge than romance. Dopey baby-brother Doug (Joaquin Pheonix), by co...