CINEMA: Home Front

In The War, a vet's kids replay Vietnam in Georgia

The voice, with its deep drawl and homespun poetry, sounds familiar. "Mah name's Lidia Simmons, an' Ah'm 12 yeahs ol'. An' these here're mah memoirs." Jeez Louise -- it's Forrest Gump as a girl! With scenes of slow-talking good guys in the U.S. South and dead buddies on Vietnam battlefields, The War might seem the first in a bunch of Gumpthings hoping to replicate that film's $285 million success story. But on a smaller scale, The War is a bigger movie and, for all its weepy trappings, a more adventurous one. It hints that it will be a familiar, Stand by...

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