Bogus (1996)

NORMAN JEWISON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 1996.  New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros., Yorktown Productions.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Norman Jewison, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This ghastly comedy is about a precocious youngster (Haley Joel Osment) who invents an imaginary friend (Gerard Depardieu) after losing his mother () in a car accident and is forced to live with her best friend (Whoopi Goldberg).

Goldberg and Osment get everything they could possibly get out of their roles, as does Depardieu doing a fine enough job with the whimsical creation he is expected to come up with, but every scene runs on longer than it should and very few of them actually contribute to any kind of story, then suddenly the film ends abruptly.

has a lovely few moments as a circus performer who harbours the little boy after he tries to run away from his adoptive mother.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1996

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