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'Jersey Boys' proves again that movie musicals are risky business
'Jersey Boys' proves again that movie musicals are risky business

In the wake of the underwhelming fourth-place debut last weekend for “Jersey Boys,” Monday-morning quarterbacks are weighing in with varying degrees of glee and schadenfreude about what may have gone wrong with the movie musical. Did the cast lack sufficient star power to draw in moviegoers? Was the summertime release date ill-advised? Did the film’s rather somber aesthetic fail to convey the toe-tapping tone of the long-running Broadway hit? Was director Clint Eastwood — a man known more for his steely gazed growling than his crooning — simply the wrong guy to bring the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the screen? Assuming you consider a $13.5-million opening for a film...

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