I love the musical The Fantasticks.

However, I now have to wash the taste of the movie version out of my mouth.

They deleted songs. They rewrote songs. They hacked chunks out of songs. The acting was so-so at best, as was the singing. Joey McIntyre as the boy-in-love was atrocious. Not only is his voice reedy and weak, he looks like the dumbest person ever to crawl the earth. All of the simplicity, the beauty, the magic of this play have been sucked out.

I’ve seen the play several times, own the soundtrack on CD and on original vinyl, and know all of the songs by heart. And I can honestly say the 1995 movie version of this musical sucks ass.

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