Rob Reiner wants to bring the award-winning Broadway musical 'Next to Normal' from the stage to the movie screen. That news should fill you with the same feeling that accompanied the announcement that Chris Columbus was making a film adaptation of 'Rent' back in 2005: a feeling that falls not-so-comfortably between "anxious" and "dread."

Before further elaboration, it must be reiterated that Reiner has made a jaw-droppingly eclectic list of classic movies that should make most filmmakers green with envy, such as 'This Is Spinal Tap,' 'The Princess Bride,' 'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Misery,' 'A Few Good Men,' and 'The American President.' Great films, the lot of 'em. However, something happened to him in the '90s. Something that caused him to enter some sort of rut, because we got films like 'Rumor Has It,' 'The Bucket List,' 'Alex and Emma,' and 'Flipped.' It doesn't even feel like the same filmmaker.

'Next to Normal' is a tremendous play, one of the best musicals of recent years. Can the modern Rob Reiner find his footing, pull himself out of that rut and deliver another classic?
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