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Damaged

An uneven cast and a hackneyed script in the service of illustrating how bad traits can skip one generation and be picked up by the next are among the myriad problems in "Damaged." By the time the film reveals its terrible family secret, it's hard to care. Audience award at Dances With Films fest is hardly an indicator of pic's slight commercial future.

An uneven cast and a hackneyed script in the service of illustrating how bad traits can skip one generation and be picked up by the next are among the myriad problems in “Damaged.” By the time the film reveals its terrible family secret, it’s hard to care. Audience award at Dances With Films fest is hardly an indicator of pic’s slight commercial future.

Jake, a late middle-aged thesp (George Bamford, who adapted his play with director Tim Devitt), wants to visit his dad Stu (Will Bellais) over Father’s Day weekend and confront him about some unresolved issues, and Jake’s son Mac (Sean Breault) decides to tag along. It’s a rocky ride, though, since Jake and Mac clash on everything from Mac’s dislike of Jake’s acting career to Jake’s disgust of Mac’s coke addiction. Overlong revelations about Jake’s mother’s tragic demise become a distraction, and — except for one intense sequence between Jake and Mac — the key confrontations between the men tend to whimper rather than roar.

Damaged

  • Production: A Tim Devitt Prods. presentation. Produced by Devitt. Executive producer, Carole A. Devitt. Directed by Tim Devitt. Screenplay, George Bamford, Devitt, based on the play "A Father's Day Diary" by Bamford.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Doug Armstrong; editor, Devitt; music, Les Hooper; art director, Mark Miller; costume designers, Carole Devitt, Mark Miller. Reviewed at Dances With Films, Santa Monica, July 28, 2003. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> George Bamford, Sean Breault, Will Bellais, Sharon Eisman, Christine Parks.