Man in the Chair (12A)

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Christopher Plummer's performance as an alcoholic stumblebum and one-time Hollywood gaffer has been hailed, though it could hardly be in acknowledgement of its realism.

Plummer, as the cigar-puffing curmudgeon "Flash", is sought out by a movie-mad teen (Michael Angarano) who needs help on his film project, and an unlikely friendship is born. Michael Schroeder gussies up the story but can't resolve the fundamental issue of making any of it believable.