Now & Forever

on August 19, 2005 by Susan Green
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   Heaven help us avoid saccharine sentiments, especially if they're wrapped in a candy-colored package like "Now & Forever." The Canadian potboiler by Bob Clark, whose career segued from "Porky's" to "Baby Geniuses" in a two-decade span, examines the lifelong bond between a tormented actress Angela (Mia Kirshner) and her sensible Cree friend John (Adam Beach).

   The two grow up in the small town of Spencer, where Angela's childhood is marked by an alcoholic, man-chasing mother (Theresa Russell). Although John's wise elder of a father (Gordon Tootoosis) takes the girl under his spiritual wing with some native hocus-pocus, she spirals downward through a treacherous first love (Gabriel Olds), a near gang rape and Hollywood success extinguished by a conveniently terminal illness. Back home again, Angela reunites with John in an incredibly sappy I-see-dead-people conclusion.    Starring Mia Kirshner, Adam Beach, Theresa Russell, Gordon Tootoosis, Gabriel Olds and Callum Keith Rennie. Directed by Bob Clark. Written by Bill Boyle. Produced by Leanne Arnott and David Doerksen. No distributor set. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 103 min.

Tags: childhood, friendship, terminal illness, rape, romance, downfall, Mia Kirshner, Adam Beach, Theresa Russell, Gordon Tootoosis, Gabriel Olds, Callum Keith Rennie, Bob Clark
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