Into The Realm of Sigh-Fi

REGARDING HENRY Directed by Mike Nichols; Screenplay by Jeffrey Abrams

Nobody has a life anymore, Hollywood tells us, only an afterlife. By now you are familiar with all those transcendental rehab movies -- Ghost and its spectrally sentimental cousins -- in which people return from the void to get a chance to say (What else?) "I love you." Audiences lose themselves in a teary mixture of awe and awww at these wistful fantasies, which now constitute an entire genre: sigh-fi.

Regarding Henry, Mike Nichols' effective, infuriating new weepie, works a cunning variation on the born-again theme. It eliminates the middleman, Death,...

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