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      Constellation

      PG-13 Released Feb 2, 2007 1h 45m Drama List
      0% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 40% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings The continuing legacy of a long-ago, interracial love affair forms the backdrop for a tale of an extended Southern family's reunion at a funeral. Helms Boxer (Billy Dee Williams) is estranged from his family and does not want to return home, but his deceased sister (Rae Dawn Chong) had named him executor of her estate. The family grapples with issues of forgiveness and unrequited love in the wake of their loved one's death. Read More Read Less

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      Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality.

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      Melissa Anderson Time Out The flashbacks are almost as smoothly subtle as the title of one of the paintings showcased by Billy Dee Williams's character: Portrait of a Journey. Rated: 2/6 Feb 10, 2007 Full Review Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly Neither the camera nor the script can focus. Rated: C Feb 7, 2007 Full Review Kyle Smith New York Post Scenes in which little or nothing happens pass by slowly, and the only point of suspense is whether the number of tearful hugs at the end will reach double digits. Rated: 0/4 Feb 2, 2007 Full Review Kam Williams EURWeb This overplotted, emotional dump plods along as if the characters are stuck in the cinematic equivalent of quicksand, never generating any traction because no matter how much everybody vents, nothing of consequence ever transpires. Rated: 1/4 Feb 8, 2007 Full Review Frank Lovece Film Journal International I'm nodding off just thinking about the long, static close-ups and endless scenes of people walking and sitting and doing nothing. Feb 6, 2007 Full Review Andy Klein Los Angeles CityBeat ... the biggest problem is that the insights ... are strictly Hallmark TV movie stuff, an association reinforced by the mawkish visual style and score. Feb 5, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mark G I plodded through hours of this and I just don't understand why on earth I kept going. It was utter turgidity. I'm not sure if that was a proper word and if it isn't, this is my gift to mankind. Constellation is the most turgid bit of TV I have watched for a long time. Having invested something like eight hours I had one episode left. Turgidity set in and I have given up and cannot be arsed to watch that final hour because I know it's just going to annoy the hell out of me. Good Lord Almighty. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/28/24 Full Review Neil G Gave it 3 episodes before calling it quits. Moments of intrigue wrapped with a ton of nonsense. Jumps around way too much and detracts from the story line. This is a perfect example of an artsy writer and director trying to show off how cool they are by creating garbage and applying a thick coat of lipstick on this pig to pass it off as a work of art. The bright side is that after watching 3 episodes, I know know what it's like to be stoned on heroin. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/25/24 Full Review Audience Member I think David Arnott did an outstanding job performing as an ordinary teen boy in key West in the 1970s. This is how boys acted in my neighborhood growing up. Not real demonstrative emotional thoughtful or expressive all the time. It's refreshing to see the the quiet tones of reality performance. Hollywood more often casts boys who are unusually expressive sensitive and brilliant and the result is an entertaining stimulating performance but not real. And those real boy performers often turn out to be gay... Not regular straight kids from the neighborhoods We all grew up in. It's interesting ...I read the director of this film also a cinematographer on the British film KES. That is a British film that has become a classic and in that film again they did reality casting for the kids and it made all the difference... they also didn't cast emotional creative Hollywood performers for the kid roles. They also cast real kids who were not always doing great performances but just being normal. . So David Arnott is the real deal ... the real teen boy in front of a camera, keeping it real. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good cast & ancestral family movie Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member It has moments, but the story suffers. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member a little confusing but all star class Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The continuing legacy of a long-ago, interracial love affair forms the backdrop for a tale of an extended Southern family's reunion at a funeral. Helms Boxer (Billy Dee Williams) is estranged from his family and does not want to return home, but his deceased sister (Rae Dawn Chong) had named him executor of her estate. The family grapples with issues of forgiveness and unrequited love in the wake of their loved one's death.
      Director
      Jordan Walker-Pearlman
      Producer
      Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Morris Ruskin, Shannon C. Murphy
      Screenwriter
      Jordan Walker-Pearlman
      Distributor
      The Bigger Picture
      Production Co
      DAWA Movies, Encounter Studios
      Rating
      PG-13 (A Sexual Reference|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 2, 2007, Limited
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 22, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $306.5K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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