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hokey

(ˈhoki)
mod. contrived; phony; ill conceived. (see also hocus.) That’s a pretty hokey idea, but it may work.
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The top prize winner at last year's Shanghai fest, "The Fly" should create buzz among those nostalgic for straightforward heart-tugging fare with just enough mod edge to avoid hokiness.
But too often, extreme hokiness is an enemy more powerful than even a battle-tested angel can combat.
With a touch of X Files, a smattering of The Omen and perhaps a little too much hokiness, it's all agreeably daft fun.
Parsifal's concern with the miraculous (and with magic) is allpervasive, in Klingsor's lair as well as in the weird subtlety of Wagner's retrospective meditation on his own successes and power (much as Yeats does it in "The Circus Animal's Desertion"), but the work also expresses a tinge of self-deflation best rendered in modern productions that employ some parody and a bit of deliberate hokiness in staging.
Rather than humor, she ends up mostly with hokiness (like the too-eager-to-please dog).
It probably could have used some input from a writer who understood staged hokiness is magnified on the big screen.
Pic slows a bit in final third, to allow for the inevitable touches of separation-and-reconciliation hokiness.
The odds are better that it'll be remembered as ``The Most Lame Sports Show Ever'' when it eventually is shelved for excessive hokiness.
The play takes place when it was written, in 1962, and Tony Straiges' design of a middle-of-the-road, middle-class living room in a New England home is faithful to the era, but without any sense of hokiness, of "period.