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By Merle Bertrand | September 12, 2000

Okay, if wine critics can spout off thesaurus-blistering treatises based on a single sip of fermented grapes, it shouldn’t be that difficult to come up with a film review for Fredrick Johnson’s “Through Thick and Thin”…even if it IS only one minute long. So, here goes.
Johnson reveals his entire plot in a couple of lines of dialogue: Two old timers on their way to a movie celebrate their lifelong friendship and pledge that nothing could ever ruin it. It’s an oath that’s immediately put to the test when they find out there’s only one seat left for the show.
“Through Thick and Thin” should be required viewing for today’s Hollywood directors, none of whom can seem to make a movie shorter than twelve hours long. This micro-charmer shows just how little time a decent filmmaker really needs to tell a compelling story. Then again, those annoying editors who cut film trailers that ruin a picture by giving everything away inadvertently prove this all the time.
Check out this bite-sized nugget if you get a chance…but look quick. It goes by in less time than it took you to read this review.

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