The Best of Times (1986)


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Small-town banker Robin Williams has never been able to live down the fact that he dropped an important pass during a crucial high-school football game. Likewise tainted for life is the team's star quarterback Kurt Russell, now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Williams hits upon a brilliant idea: he will stage a rematch-13 years after the fact--with the members of the rival team. Trouble beckons when Williams' father-in-law announces that he's rooting for the … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 2, 1999
Sultan Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Best of Times

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Such a rouser that it almost makes up for the incomplete passes and stopped runs that precede it.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Nostalgic fantasy about replaying that high school game with all the jock pals.

May 31, 2005

Speaks to our fantasies of rectifying mistakes of the past but drops the ball on a satire on small town foibles and marital discord.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Forgotten by most yet seemingly adored by those who choose to remember it, The Best of Times stands in my book as one of the truly great sports comedies.

Full Review… | July 17, 2002

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Best of Times

Movies for a rainy Saturday afternoon. One of the corniest movies you'll ever see, a real one-trick pony: what if you could replay that one moment in life where it all went wrong? Terrible, hackneyed dialogue and mailed-in performances by Williams and Russell. Williams's character is completely unbelievable, and maybe too young for the role.

This movie doesn't know what it wants to be. Comedy? Parody? Meaningful slice-of-life/Americana? Sports classic? It trucks in high-mindedness and obsession, but every piece of dialogue clunks with exposition and it takes way too long to get to the game.

Good idea, about breaking a dying town out of its funk, but it makes for an overwrought movie that's not much fun to watch. A curious relic from that 80's urban cowboy thing, fits well with Footloose, Road House, The Complete John Mellencamp, Jeep YJs, GWG jeans, etc.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


The Best of Times is an entertaining and fun screwball comedy that's a bit dated, but still delivers the laughs. The story follows Jack Dundee, former high school football player who lost the big game senior year, but attempts to redeem himself and lift the spirits of his small town by arranging a rematch game 13 year later. The cast is led by Robin Williams and Kurt Russell, and they work well as a comedy duo. However, the comedy is rather stereotypical and a little stale. Additionally, there are some romantic comedy subplots that aren't developed very well and end up feeling tacked on. While The Best of Times has its problems, it still manages to score some laughs.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


A mediocre film about chasing lost glory that never really finds it's way.

Nicky Mo

Super Reviewer

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