Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Dustin Hoffman’s “Boychoir” Quietly Dumped: Hollywood Is No Country for Old Men


Hollywood is certainly no country for old men. Al Pacino can tell you. The Oscar and Tony winner, a legend, has seen one good film, “The Humbling,” turned to pulp by its distributor instead of getting a real release. His current film, “Danny Collins,” is getting a slightly better launch, but just slightly. So far “Danny Collins” is only available in a few places.

Now comes “Boychoir.” Double Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman stars in what should have been a big holiday release. The movie debuted in Toronto, and someone should have sent it out for Christmas release. Instead “Boychoir” has quietly died. This weekend it’s playing in an off run theater in Greenwich Village and a couple of houses in Montreal.

In other words, “Boychoir” is DOA. It may also be VOD. And soon DVR. Maybe HBO. Who knows?

It’s not like “Boychoir” was bad or unwatchable. Quite the contrary. It’s a little like “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Dead Poet Society,” two movies that if they were released in 2015 might have the same fate. It’s directed by Oscar winner Fran├žois Girard (“The Red Violin”). A smart marketing campaign could have really caught on. But I’m afraid that effort was not made. It’s too bad. “Boychoir” was a good family film, and something for adults. But there were no car crashes, no special effects and no good cursing or sexual violence.

Too bad.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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