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Coming-of-age movies are always popular because their target audience knows the agonies of adolescence firsthand. You may feel superior to the klutzy protagonists, but you can relate. If getting through the movie itself is agony, though, you may feel more like escaping.

“Around the Table,” Soushi Matsumoto’s coming-of-age film, is not excruciating, but it is oddly weightless, with equal attention given to the problems of the wishy-washy protagonist and the lovingly photographed meals the characters consume with delight.

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