Lullaby for Pi -- Film Review
PARIS -- With the exception of Spike Jonze’s "Where the Wild Things Are," Forest Whitaker has had a tough time keeping up momentum since winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." His last film, "The Experiment," went straight to DVD, and the gloppy "My Own Love Song," co-starring Renee Zellweger, has yet to secure a U.S. release date. The pattern of misfires is unlikely to be altered by Whitaker’s latest, "Lullaby for Pi," a ludicrous romance so full of clichés and forced whimsy that it is nearly unwatchable.
An English-language directorial début from Frenchman Benoit Philippon, the film is a longshot for festival selection. If it does reach North American movie theatres, Lullaby for Pi cannot reasonably hope for anything more than feeble box-office returns.
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