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Movie Review: Proof

Alternate Title: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Story: Who knew math could be so dramatic? Director John Madden does an analytically fine job in bringing the Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Auburn to the big screen.

The daughter of a genius gone mad becomes his caretaker and math foil. Sibling rivalry, family dysfunction, jealousy, academic rivalry and a great script by David Auburn and Rebecca Miller equal a fine film going experience.

I can't tell you much more about the story without revealing the whole equation. If you haven't seen the play you are in for a smooth technically precise ride.

Acting: Gwynteth Paltrow gives the best performance of her career ( I won't think about her other choices inmovie roles such as Shallow Hal - I will call that post-Oscar delirium). Hope Davis, is, as always, is fabulous as the sister. Jake Gyllenhaal, whose puppy dog face grows on you, is fine as the young man and Anthony Hopkins, rises to the occasion as the mad Dad, without stealing every scene (or eating anyone).

Predilection: I like math and my friend who NEVER goes to the movies wanted to see this film...so we went.

Critters: None.

Soundtrack: Unobtrusive

Theater Audience: Fairly full for a late afternoon Wednesday show.

Predictability Level: If you did not see the play I would call it moderately predictable.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: I think Paltrow and Davis might get nods as will Auburn for screenplay from another source. By the way, this year's Oscar show is March 6, 2006.

Nit Picking: No nits to pick

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen would be fine but I think it would be just as enjoyable as a rental since it's strength is its dialogue. For some other films with Paltrow, try renting: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Sylvia,

The Royal Tenenbaums, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors, Emma and Jefferson in Paris.

Length: 90 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 8.5