This image released by Bleecker Street Media shows Al Pacino in a scene from the film "Danny Collins." (AP Photo/Bleecker Street Media, Hopper Stone)
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It's true, the movie, also called "Danny Collins," opens with a 1971-set prologue where a young, "The Panic in Needle Park"-era Pacino lookalike sits, trembling, for what looks like his first interview.Despite some preposterous plot contrivances, "Danny Collins" coasts along with just the right mix of charisma, schlock and genuine humor -- much of which comes from Pacino and Plummer.While "Danny Collins" might not exist in any reality or provide a playbook for how to win over your estranged family, it is exceedingly pleasant to watch with some refreshingly original beats, including the fact that Pacino seems to like Bening's character mostly because of their banter. "Danny Collins" gets the point across without pretention.As for Pacino, "Danny Collins" might not be that devastating Oscar-worthy return to his gritty independent roots, but it does reiterate that at 74, Pacino is still very much the real thing.
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