Fabulous Fixer

Norman posterFrom Tablet Magazine

Norman,’ starring Richard Gere, is an absorbing film about a Jewish connector who’s looking for an honest piece of the action—and finds one

…They get nothing wrong. Richard Gere’s accent, old New York Jewish faded with the decades and lunches cadged at the Four Seasons; the boxy, ill-fitting suits of Israeli politicians thumping their views in the Knesset; the tortured, strained voice of a rabbi (Steve Buscemi!) trying to balance his spiritual duties with his responsibilities as CEO of a struggling congregation—it’s all on key. What’s more, the scene-stealing little touches never overwhelm the plot, which is like pretty good Mamet in con-game mode, but less intricate, in a pleasurable way, requiring less concentration, at least for a tired viewer late at night…

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