Danny Collins

Al Pacino plays the aging rock star of the title in writer-director Dan Fogelman's flat, vaguely fact-based blend of comedy and drama. Bereft at his failure to live up to the model of a true artist, a dereliction highlighted by the belated arrival of a 40-year-old letter to him penned by ex-Beatle John Lennon, the boozing, cocaine-sniffing singer dumps his cheating girlfriend (Katarina Cas), and sets out on a time-honored Hollywood-style odyssey of self-discovery and redemption. As he finds an age-appropriate companion (Annette Bening) who doubles as his moral compass, he also reconnects with his estranged adult son (Bobby Cannavale). Fogelman's script has nothing new to say about the corrosive effects of fame and vast wealth, while its saccharine dialogue will likely set viewers' teeth on edge.

Watch out for: Brief upper female nudity, a scene of drug use, a few instances of profanity, fleeting crude and crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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