Pop & Me

Let's say you and your 50-ish dad — who's in the throes of a major midlife crisis brought on by loss, in rapid succession, of his job, his parents and his 25-year marriage — are taking a six-month trip. Would it occur to you that anybody other than your closest friends and immediate family would want to see footage of the two of you bickering...read more

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Let's say you and your 50-ish dad — who's in the throes of a major midlife crisis brought on by loss, in rapid succession, of his job, his parents and his 25-year marriage — are taking a six-month trip. Would it occur to you that anybody other than your closest

friends and immediate family would want to see footage of the two of you bickering and bonding around the world? Amazingly enough, 30-year-old Chris Roe had the presumption to think exactly that, and managed to make a funny, perceptive and seductively engaging movie that, in examining his own

relationship with his dad, also sheds some light on universal truths about the connection between fathers and sons. Middle-son Chris, a graphic designer, is nursing some unresolved, family-related resentment. His father, Richard Roe, had a hardscrabble childhood and almost no relationship with his

own father, a chronic alcoholic. Some 20 years earlier, when his sons were boys, Richard took his family on a globe-trotting trip; it seems that while indulging his own middle-aged restlessness, he's also hoping to recapture something of a happier time in his life as a man and a father. It's

Richard who makes the suggestion that transforms Chris's idea from a whim to a viable film project: Why not interview other fathers and sons they meet on their trip? And it's the doggedly extroverted Richard (whose enthusiasm could, one sees, easily be less charming to his children than to

outsiders) who scores time with Julian Lennon and the Maccioni clan of restauranteurs (Dad owns Le Cirque, his sons own the trendy Circo). These interviews with fathers and sons (some close, some alienated) give depth to the Roes' family drama, and it would take a hard person to remain dry-eyed as

their trek draws to a heartwarming close. — Maitland McDonagh

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
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