Many of the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and '40s poked fun at the foibles of wealthy bluebloods. THE LOTUS EATERS, like Capra's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, follows the plight of a zany working-class brood. Intended as a sweet, lollipop-flavored, coming-of-age tale, the film's
straining for the liberating effects of wild and crazy personal expression leaves a sour after-taste.
In a Canadian boondocks in 1964, high school principal Hal Kingswood (R.H. Thomson) and his mousy wife Diana (Sheila McCarthy) cope with raising their two daughters: Cleo (Tara Frederick), a Beatles fanatic who's about to get knocked up by Dwayne Spittle (Gabe Khouth), and littl...