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Friday, February 2, 2018

A Tale of Two Coreys 2018 * * Stars

A Tale of Two CoreysDirector: Steven Huffaker
Year: 2018
Rated NR
Rating: * * Stars
Cast: Scott Bosely, Casey Leach

Do you remember Corey Feldman and Corey Haim? I do. They were young actors from the late 80's and early 90's. They became buddies and did at least seven films together. Being about the same age as both of them, I must have binged-watched License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream profusely.

Anyway, A Tale of Two Coreys is my latest write-up. In chronological order, it glosses over Feldman and Haim's twenty-plus-year friendship. With its 1986 chic look, its cheesy music soundtrack, and its even cheesier production values, "Coreys" is TV movie personified. Actually, it's a Lifetime movie and an underwhelming one at that.

Image result for a tale of two coreys movie scenesSpeaking of Lifetime movies, well they're a guilty pleasure of mine. They are conflicting and manipulative and they suck you right in. A Tale of Two Coreys does go to some dark places and it somewhat shocks you with what supposedly happened to these dudes (drug addiction, being from broken families, being sexually abused on movie sets, etc.).

However, where most Lifetime flicks clock in at two immense hours, "Coreys" registers at about ninety minutes (and that's with commercials). Although cutesy and dire at the same time, "Coreys" doesn't scratch enough surface nor does it give these BFF's a thorough testimonial.

As for the acting, well there's four troupers that play Feldman and Haim over various periods of time. With the exception of Justin Ellings who channels young Haimster, the other three don't resemble their mannerisms or personalities in any capacity. No one gives a lousy performance mind you. It's just that the casting by Dean E. Fronk and Donald Paul Pemrick (two veterans in their field) is kinda off.
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In conclusion, The Tale of Two Coreys doesn't suffer with its straight-line storytelling and odious Hollywood insight. Also, you can say that director Steven Huffmaker tries to make you feel somewhat nostalgic (watch for a cameo involving Keith Coogan who was once a teen idol himself). Nevertheless, I just can't find it in my heart to recommend "Coreys". Might I suggest watching The Two Coreys reality show instead. It's the actual guys on screen. Yeah, it may have been scripted but to an extent, it's poser-free. Rating: 2 stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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