*/**** Image C+ Sound B- Extras B+
starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea
screenplay by Paul Pender
directed by Bruce Beresford
by Walter Chaw It seems as though "inspired" in the phrase "inspired by a true story" is the operative word as the 2002 Christmas season presents to us a rotten couplet of films "inspired" by true stories that, in all likelihood, were pretty interesting prior to the whitewashed variety of "inspiration" dished out in most high profile biopics. Headliner Antwone Fisher (a rancid piece of garbage I like to refer to as "Good Antwone Fishing" or "Finding Fisher-er") gains esteem just by the association of twinkly-eyed Denzel Washington behind the camera (and stentorian Denzel in front), while small foreign film Evelyn will probably gain esteem by dint of its small and foreign status. (Just like its cute-as-a-button titular waif.) Like so many horrible movies of this mongrel breed, however, both Antwone Fisher and Evelyn are so uncompromising in their saccharine manipulations that nurses should stand at theatre entrances, passing out hypodermics of insulin.