The Best of Times

1986, Comedy, 1h 44m

13 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Married banker Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) has lived his life regretting a botched play he made in a high school football game. His friend Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell), who threw the pass that Jack dropped, is deeply in debt from operating his car garage. With Reno, Jack hatches a plan to reunite all the players from the old game and replay it, hoping that this time he can make amends. When the game eventually happens, Jack again finds himself at the center of a key play.

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  • Sep 20, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2010
    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.
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  • Jul 23, 2008
    A mediocre film about chasing lost glory that never really finds it's way.
    Nicky M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2007
    Um, not a winning, offbeat classic. A bland, neither hot nor cold kind of yawn.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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