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By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Character-driven Jewish family drama tackles mature themes.

Movie PG 1990 126 minutes
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Slow and thoughtful, with enough bickering relatives to make everything a bit claustrophobic, this drama features an impressive cast. Stars include Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, and Kevin Pollak. Writer-director Barry Levinson does for Avalon what he does best: digging close to his roots and reliving his own formative years in Baltimore, much as he did in the three other films: Diner, Tin Men, and Liberty Heights.

There are laughs and small triumphs, but the overlying tone is one of regret over how times have changed. That bitterness can get in the way of the fun. Younger children might get fidgety at the movie's leisurely pace, but older kids may come away with a new appreciation for who they are and a greater curiosity about where they came from. They might even be willing to sit down and listen to some of their parents' stories.

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