When viewer attention wanders — and it will — in this slack, homespun synthetic yarn about an ornery Oregon handyman (Alan Arkin) who takes to bed in a fit of woebegone peevishness, meditate on this: The coot’s wife is played by Barbara Dana, who was married to Arkin for decades; they made Raising Flagg after they divorced. And the two played the same characters 20 years ago in A Matter of Principle, also directed by Neal Miller and co-written by Miller and his wife. Too bad the offscreen intrigue doesn’t make up for what flags in Flagg. C+
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Alan Arkin, Lauren Holly, Glenne Headly; Director: Neal Miller; Author: Nancy Miller, Neal Miller, Dorothy Velasco; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Cinema Libre
Posted February 7 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
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