If last year's quietly wrenching Oscar-winner
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There's nothing exactly off-putting about writer/director Paul Andrew Williams' bid for "Calendar Girls" quirk (the elderly warbling hip-hop mainstays), Great Actor appeal, and third-act sniffles through smiles. The acting is audience-friendly, and Stamp is always watchable, effectively sentiment-free even when the movie around him is on feel-good autopilot, which gives particular punch to the expected spotlighted solo at the end.
But "Unfinished Song" is a movie so geared toward hitting its spots, it amounts to emotional Muzak rather than something truly played live.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and rude gestures.
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.