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Father doesn't always know best in the slick 'Captain Fantastic'

Father doesn't always know best in the slick 'Captain Fantastic'

There’s a moment early on in “Captain Fantastic” when Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), while driving his six kids around in a lovingly refurbished old school bus, catches one of his teenage daughters reading “Lolita.” For Ben, a fount of erudition and progressive thinking, this discovery is not cause for alarm, but rather a chance to nourish his child’s intellect. What does she think of “Lolita”? “It’s interesting,” she says. “‘Interesting’ is a nonword,” Ben retorts, pressing her further. “Give us your analysis.”

Wise words for both the aspiring literary scholar and the...

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