By Leah Rozen
Updated December 24, 2001 12:00 PM

Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban

This movie comes so heavily sugar-dusted, you’ll need to brush yourself off upon leaving the theater. Carrey uses his sincere face to play a blacklisted Hollywood writer who in 1951 suffers amnesia and then is embraced as a long-lost war hero by a small California town. He helps his supposed pop (Landau) reopen an old film palace, and gosh darn it, happiness flows through the burg. Majestic, as sappily directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), would even make Frank Capra cringe, despite its constant grandstanding about what America really stands for. (PG)

Bottom Line: E pluribus pabulum