Cinema: Slow Trot

INTERNATIONAL VELVET Directed and Written by Bryan Forbes

Now that Tatum O'Neal is no longer a kid, what is to be done with her? At 14, this actress is too old to make another Paper Moon or Bad News Bears, yet too young to sashay about in an R-rated remake of Gidget Goes Hawaiian. Tatum is in a real fix, all right, and International Velvet doesn't offer her any help.

In this sweet-spirited but misconceived film, she must play a bratty child who evolves into an 18-year-old bride by the final credits. She loses all the way around. When acting younger than her...

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