Honey, I shrunk the movie

Ulee's Gold chases the yawn at the end of the rainbow

Ulee's Gold is the kind of small film that makes you feel dismissive, not protective. It's too proud of its modesty. The script restricts the characters' possibilities--they mosey down predictable paths. Visually, it has a bad case of director's cramp. Nunez's company co-produced Ulee's Gold with Clinica Estetico, the production company of that instinctive movie-man Jonathan Demme. But it has the simultaneously high-minded and preformatted feel of a film destined for television. It's as if Nunez had shot it in pan-and-scan.

Ulee's Gold.
Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson. Written and directed by Victor Nunez. Opens Friday.

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