Cinema: Angst on Sunset Strip

The Christian Licorice Store keeps the audience off balance. It comes on like a fairly conventional, chichi love story, a lot of fancy wrapping around an empty package. But whenever total apathy threatens, a small moment occurs

— a shot, a gesture, a line of dialogue

— so well rendered that expectations are revived. They may be frustrated anew in the next scene, but even at its worst The Christian Licorice Store always manages to be interesting.

The plot is an offhand affair about a hot-shot California tennis player (Beau Bridges) afflicted with the same...

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