A fascinating failure from director Rob Reiner and TV comedy producer-writer Alan Zweibel ("Saturday Might Live," "It's Garry Shandling's Show"), NORTH presents a child's picaresque fantasy in a movie that's not really for kids. Geared for nostalgic babyboomers, this mild comedy may
elicit chuckles from savvy TV buffs but will disappoint most audiences with its underdeveloped story. However, its intriguing subtext--an allegorical quest for Jewish identity--should delight viewers canny enough to detect it.
Eleven-year-old North (Elijah Wood) is the perfect kid, but his Dad (Jason Alexander) and Mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) ignore him. Seeking solace in his secret p...