Cinema: Duck Tale

THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH

Directed by STEPHEN F. VERONA

and MARTIN DAVIDSON

Screenplay by STEPHEN F. VERONA, GAYLE

GLECKLER and MARTIN DAVIDSON

Too much here looks familiar. The Lords of Flatbush is about growing up tough in New York, like Mean Streets, and being a teen-ager in the 1950s, like American Graffiti. Although it was conceived before either of those films came out, The Lords occupies the same turf, without the same assurance.

Lacking the benefit of novelty, or of consistent personal voice, The Lords seems like pretty flimsy stuff. The script is a loosely...