A Flawed Friendship

Love--or at least affectionate understanding--conquers all, even (perhaps especially) initial loathing. It's the oldest message of the movies. Flawless carries that lie to new heights of predictability.

Robert De Niro plays Walt Koontz, an almost parodistically macho security guard, who is felled by a stroke as he tries to prevent a robbery in his New York City apartment building. As part of his therapy he requires singing lessons to help him remobilize his frozen vocal cords. Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman), his transvestite neighbor, is recruited to tutor him, while we settle down to await their inevitable bonding.

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