Thou shalt not suck

Children and Commandments tease, but don't follow through

But it's still too heavyweight a treatment for what could have been a nifty black comedy. I realize that writer-director Daniel Taplitz is after something meatier--the funereal atmosphere and portentous jabber tell you that. But at least Children of the Revolution didn't dress up its high dudgeon in black threads. Commandments, which also stars Courteney Cox and Anthony LaPaglia, comes on like one of those particularly didactic Twilight Zone episodes. It offers up a moral: We're all Jobs looking for redemption. Hey, some of us are just looking for a few good movies.

Children of the Revolution.
Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, F. Murray Abraham, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh. Written and directed by Peter Duncan. Now showing.

Commandments.
Aidan Quinn, Courteney Cox, Anthony LaPaglia. Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz. Now showing.

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