Youyoung Lee and Lindsay Soll
November 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

We compare ”October Road” and ”August Rush”

ABC’s returning drama October Road and the new film August Rush prove sap is in season.

October Road Nomadic writer Nick (Bryan Greenberg) sleeps with a high school steady, knocks her up (?), and moves to New York. He discovers her in his hometown 10 years later.
August Rush Earnest musician Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) sleeps with a one-night stand, knocks her up (!), and leaves New York. He discovers her on the Internet 12 years later.

October Road ”In your big triumphant return, you seem to have forgotten which side of October Road you belong on,” preaches Nick’s onetime best friend.
August Rush ”I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales,” says 11-year-old orphan and musical prodigy August (Freddie Highmore).

October Road Nick’s dopey friend “Physical Phil” is in love with the pizza delivery girl and hasn’t left the house in five years. We don’t mind if he stays there.
August Rush August’s zany pal, Wizard (Robin Williams), is in love with panhandling and hasn’t seen a barber in five years. We mind everything about him.

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