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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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Tim began his acting career at age 11, playing Red Skelton's son in The Clown (1953, a remake of the 1933 Wallace Beery/Jackie Cooper film The Champ), a performance Leonard Maltin called "so good he overcomes some of the hokiness of the script.
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.
It probably could have used some input from a writer who understood staged hokiness is magnified on the big screen.
The odds are better that it'll be remembered as ``The Most Lame Sports Show Ever'' when it eventually is shelved for excessive hokiness.
Smith Goes to Washington'' While Frank Capra's work has always been marred by sentimental hokiness, you'd be downright un-American if you didn't leave this 1939 movie with misty-eyed pride in our imperfect but wonderful form of government.