CINEMA: YOUNG AND RESTLESS

DIFFERING VIEWS OF LOVE IN THE '50S AND IN THE '90S, SHAPED BY HOW EACH DEFINES INNOCENCE

Testosterone is the young man's curse and the moviemaker's blessing. It imparts to the male teenager that preoccupying randiness that drives him to adventures and alliances he's going to regret someday--at best with wry embarrassment, at worst with a sense of loss verging on the tragic. Yet those rioting hormones also power tales of the young and restless that can sell profitably to the young and restless--in other words, date movies for the under-25s.

There are essentially two ways of handling this hot stuff. Gingerly--oh, all right, "sensitively"--as writer Ken Hixon and director Pat O'Connor do in Inventing the Abbotts. And...

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