Night Listener, The (2006, USA) C-88m. *** D: Patrick Stettner. Starring Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Bobby Canavale, Sandra Oh. Intriguing little thriller about gay radio talk show host Williams, who is contacted by two fans, a 14-year-old boy and his foster mother, who has written a book about the sexual abuse the boy had to take at his parents' home. Williams wants to help promote the book, but then it becomes almost impossible to meet the boy. Moody, well-acted psycho drama is not entirely satisfying but engrossing, especially because of the fine score (by Peter Nashel). Based on the novel by Amistead Maupin, who also cowrote the script and coproduced the picture.

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