The film is guilty of trying too hard. Had it just focused on a youngster’s heartbreaking efforts to get his father home from World War II, it would have been a touching tale. Sadly, the story gets bogged down by overly sentimental plot lines such as the bitter bigotry and hatred shown toward Japanese living in the United States during the war, a son’s guilt at not being able to serve his country, never-ending bullying, misguided attempts to woo a possible war widow and the importance of faith.
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This is the cheesiest fun you can have while watching TV. It’s as if all the tabloid newspapers have come to life. Set in modern-day England, “The Royals” follows the lives of a fictional British royal family trying to keep their private world private. It’s an impossible task as the younger royals love to party. This is a world where Elizabeth Hurley is the queen. The rest of the cast includes Merritt Patterson (“Ravenswood”), Vincent Regan (“300”) and Alexandra Park.