|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Stylish, opened-up adaptation by John Guare of his stage success about a handsome con man who convinces well-off, gullible New Yorkers that he is Sidney Poitier's son. Impressively acted film flows smoothly in its first two acts, before the satire gives way to chest-thumping tragedy. Dominant virtue is the wide-screen snap Schepisi gives to the N. Y. settings, both indoors and out; only a letterboxed video will do it justice. Based on a true incident. Many N. Y. C. society types pop up in cameos. Super 35.