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MERVIN'S MAGIC - sweet and goofy comedy of family relations

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Uploaded on Nov 20, 2016

Family relations can get complicated and very funny quickly, especially when a sister thinks she knows what's best for everybody and her brother is trying to sort out his life.

Since the death of his wife, Mervin Coleman has spent more time at home setting up a charitable foundation and engaged in sword fights with imaginary villains than he has in running the family's corporation. His older sister, May (who has always thought she was better at business than her brother), lets him know that a psychiatrist (Chris) has been brought in to evaluate his mental state. Meanwhile, his niece (Lisa) asks him to find out if her husband (David) is having an affair. When David shows up to talk about a problem he has with his new business and introduces a strange woman, Mervin thinks she's the "other woman" and does his best to scare her away. Which shouldn't be too hard, given his penchant for dueling with imaginary foes, except that Chris knows a few things about fencing as well, both the physical and mental varieties.
May creates more complications, both for Mervin and her son's marriage. How he sorts out his problems, helps save a marriage, neutralize his sister and manages to keep the psychiatrist from having him put away make for a fast-paced comedy (with farcical elements) with lots of twists, sword-fights and surprising warmth.
Characters--
Mervin: male, late 50's; wealthy executive, widowed, a bit odd
Lisa: female, 30's; married to Mervin's nephew, David; having marital problems
May: female, late-50's to early-60's; older sister of Mervin, mother of David
David: male, 30's; trying to live up to his mother's expectations.
Chris: female, 40's; psychiatrist with a sense of humor

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