Cinema: Heart Trouble Soul Man

Directed by Steve Miner Screenplay by Carol Black

In the beginning was Gentleman's Agreement, in which Nice Goy Gregory Peck pretended to be Jewish, the better to write an earnest indictment of anti- Semitism for a magazine. Now, almost 40 years later, comes Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell), overdosing on tanning pills and learning what it feels like to be black. But Mark is no gentleman: short of funds, he is out to obtain a scholarship to Harvard Law School intended for a black student. And the only agreement the filmmakers have reached is to aim for safe mediocrity.

To be sure, whenever the grave and lovely Rae Dawn...

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