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'The Rocket' paints a slow, earnest portrait of Richard

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I wrote a column a while back about 'Love Guru' star Mike Myers and his love of hockey, which in turn led to a poll on favorite hockey movies, which in turn led to a couple of readers encouraging me to check out "The Rocket," a film about Maurice Richard that came out in Canada in 2005 and had a limited theatrical run in Manhattan last year and now is on DVD at my local Blockbuster.

I checked it out Friday. It's admirably earnest, offers a primer on The Rocket for sports fans who don't know much about him and surely will cause French Canadians to swell with pride. Plus, the old-time hockey scenes are fascinating.

On the other hand, it's slow, it's overly worshipful, the English dubbing is a distraction and Mr. Richard turns out to be a man of painfully few words, in any language.

"The Rocket" is much better than "Love Guru," not nearly as good as "Slap Shot."

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