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The Brass Teapot

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New director Ramaa Mosley brings us THE BRASS TEAPOT (2013) starring Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, and Alexis Bledel. An adaptation from the comic book of the same name, this film precariously teeters on the edge of slapstick and dark comedy. Not sure whether it wants to shock us or make us laugh, THE BRASS TEAPOT feels like its expending too much energy just trying to fit in.

Told from a modern day perspective, this classic fable of temptation and greed set in small town America is where we find John and Alice just struggling to stay ahead of their bills. No matter how many hours they work, or how high they reach, life just repeatedly knocks them down—until a car accident brings them to roadside antique shop. Nestled in the back of the shop is a brass teapot, and within days of acquiring the antique, the young married couple realize a sudden change
of their fortunes.

It took me a good chunk of the movie just to remember where I'd seen Michael Angarano before—he starred as Meryl Streep's seven year old son in MUSIC OF THE HEART, 1999. Once I figured that out, I was finally able to settle into the THE BRASS TEAPOT.

The trouble with fable adaptations is that we all know how the story ends, and halfway through this film, that fact becomes glaringly obvious. One of the few redeeming qualities of THE BRASS TEAPOT is the path it will lead you down. Within minutes, you'll find yourself imagining what you'd do in a similar situation, which can ultimately be more interesting than the movie itself. Directed by Ramaa Mosley, R, 101 mins, Mystery, Comedy, Sci-Fi, ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin March 12, 2013
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