Cinema: Counterculture Variations

BETWEEN THE LINES

Directed by JOAN MICKLIN SILVER

Screenplay by FRED BARRON

The scene is the ragtag headquarters of a Boston underground paper. A staffer takes a kinky sex ad for the personal column over the phone, then politely asks the caller whether he wants to pay by BankAmericard or Master Charge. Question: With credit policies like that, how underground can the paper or its readers really be?

The answer (not very) is engagingly set forth in Between the Lines, a comedy that plays some loose, funky variations on the counterculture blues. The movie portrays the Back Bay Mainline at the...

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