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would you like to haircut…I mean dance.

Robert De Niro plays Robert De Niro as a nutty cab driver who ends up homeless while trying to write a great American novel.  Paul Dano plays Paul Dano as De Niro’s son.  Olivia Thirlby plays an odd haircut.

This is a somewhat moving, somewhat amusing movie that I’m supposed to really like since it’s based on a true story, but it never really grabbed hold of me the way it clearly wanted to.  The ending goes by too quickly…everything gets resolved in an unrealistically easy manner…and it doesn’t really feel authentic (whether it’s how it really happened or not).

Some good moments, but it left no lasting impression on me.  Always good to see Lili Taylor though…