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  • Summary: Flash is a man who longs for the day when he worked as a crew member on such cinematic masterpieces as Citizen Kane. When Flash meets teenage film fanatic Cameron Kincaid, he becomes an unlikely mentor and agrees to help Cameron make a film to compete in a student competition where the top prize is a film-school scholarship and, for Cameron, a ticket out of his difficult home life. Flash, who sees his own life drawing to a close, recruits the support of his eccentric friends at the Retirement home for Motion Picture Crew and helps Cameron make his film and chase his dream. (Outsider Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. A ramshackle but likeable story.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    63
    By salvaging a troubled script with deep, committed, touching portrayals, Plummer and Walsh help prove Schroeder’s points about how Hollywood isn’t just the province of the rich, young and pretty.
  3. Man in the Chair has few surprises. Once its machinery is humming, it settles into a soothing fable of a last hurrah.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    Though they can't transcend writer-director Michael Schroeder's pointed contrivances, the actors tap into something achingly true in this valentine to Hollywood's below-the-line crafts people and society's castoffs.
  5. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    40
    As in Cocoon, the emphasis is on sentiment, feel-good and reclaiming the elderly from the scrapheap. But the performances are nowhere near as subtle.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    40
    Walsh and Plummer are obviously pros, and they hustle to put across some patently ridiculous business, but, well, it's true about the polishing thing.
  7. 30
    This indie drama spends a lot of time mooning over classical Hollywood cinema, but its own visual style tends toward the pointless flash of music videos.

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