The Bye Bye Man
The Bye Bye Man is the kind of film that is so boring and bereft of anything of possible interest that it becomes infuriating.
Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, made a speech the other day saying there's no shortage of family films -- only a shortage of family audiences. His heart would have been warmed by the turnout Sunday afternoon for "An Angel in My Pocket," a most enjoyable family film. I caught it at a neighborhood theater where the audience was plainly delighted. Especially the kids.
The movie has a lot of things kids like: ghosts in a cemetery, a funny car, explosions and fires, parades, Andy Griffith, dogs, rabbits, cats, other kids, spiked punch and villains with funny faces. It is also a well-made film in the traditional sense, telling an interesting story in a civilized manner. "An Angel in My Pocket" deserves no awards for profundity or brilliance, but that isn't what you necessarily expect in family entertainment anyway.
The story involves a newly ordained minister (Andy Griffith) who goes to a small Kansas town for his first pulpit. His family includes three kids, a pregnant wife, a mother-in-law and a brother-in-law (Jerry Van Dyke) who is missing more than a little upstairs. The town is right out of Norman Rockwell paintings of 30 years ago: White churches with friendly steeples, mayoral candidates speaking from platforms with bunting on them, the church, congregation getting together for the annual social and all that. The town doesn't seem to exist in the 20th century, but why should it?
Griffith walks right into the middle of a feud between the town's two founding families. They run a municipal government thick with incompetence, indifference and maybe some graft. Andy turns into a reformer, yanking his kids out of school to protest the inadequate education budget.
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