The Painting Image
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32

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  • Summary: A world-renowned art collector's wife dies in a car crash, and the distraught midwestern magnate asks his trusted African-American driver to help him raise his son. The boy then grows up torn between the two men's very different worlds, and eventually falls in love with the driver's niece. The two young people face the tribulations of an interracial relationship against the backdrop of the '60s Civil Rights Movement and the war in Vietnam. [Castle Hill Productions] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. 50
    The Painting is a sleekly crafted quilt of moldy racial insight and feel-good kumbaya-isms set against the backdrop of the civil rights era. The acting is competent, TV-movie-of-the-week quality (network, not cable), while every single character is a type you've seen a million times before.
  2. Too squeaky-clean to convey the turbulence of the period.
  3. Moving from tragedy to tragedy, the film teeters along unsteadily, showing events we've seen countless times before and then imploding under the weight of its ridiculous ending.
  4. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    20
    This is the sort of film that would drive Miss Daisy to upchuck at the shenanigans of its saintly, cardboard characters and its bizarre, rose-colored depiction of U.S. race relations.