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It's so impish and feel-good you want to pinch its cheeks and tell it, "Aren't you precious?" Which it is.
Thank heaven for the presence of Terence Stamp, the original General Zod from "Superman" and one of the legends of the British screen. All this bubbliness all around him and all Stamp's character, Arthur Harris, can do is grouse and scowl with his best villainous glare.
Arthur indulges his wife's membership in a seniors' chorus, "The O.A.P.Z." He stands outside and smokes while Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) sings and socializes. Arthur, his son notes, is careful not to "enjoy himself." Can't have that.
Stamp, given a rare lead (rent "The Limey" sometime), shines in every scene, and Arterton has a nice vulnerability, stripped of much of her inherent sexiness for this part.
But the script is a real groaner, with contradictory character traits and abrupt leaps in the nature of relationships. "Unfinished Song" manages a tear or two, and enough laughs to get by - even if from first scene to last, the strain to stop just short of cloying shows.