Melissa Pierson
July 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Two Bits

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Jerry Barone, Al Pacino
director
James Foley
genre
Drama

We gave it a D+

If the video biz adhered to a strict truth-in-advertising code, Two Bits would sit on a lamentably long shelf labeled ”Sentimental Swindles.” Bits moves tediously through a Depression-era day in the life of 12-year-old Gennaro (the uninteresting Jerry Barone), which also happens to be the last day of life for his beloved grandpa (Al Pacino, who should really stick to action dramas). All Gennaro wants is a quarter to go to the new movie palace; unfortunately for us, he has to slog through some life lessons first. Until there’s a law saying this kind of stuff shouldn’t be sold as affecting nostalgia, caveat emptor. D+

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