`Starting Out' worth relishing

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December 14, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Starting Out in the Evening is a rapturous, ruefully funny flight of sympathetic imagination. Featuring the first movie role for Frank Langella that ranks with his best stage parts, it's a rare kind of American movie. It gets us arguing about all the characters - and enjoying the debates every step of the way, because we're so intimately involved with their dreams and passions.

This movie tells the story of a young woman still thrashing out the shape of her life, who compels an aged man to look back without anger on his own experiences, including his complicated marriage and his fatherhood to a now 40-year-old daughter.

Starting Out in the Evening (Roadside Productions) Starring Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, Adrian Lester. Directed by Andrew Wagner. PG-13. 110 minutes.

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