Mr. Destiny 1990

Mr. Destiny

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Although Larry (James Belushi) has a comfortable middle-class life -- married to his teenage sweetheart (Linda Hamilton) and in an executive position at a sporting goods firm -- it still rankles him that he struck out in the last at-bat of his high school baseball championship. When he stumbles into an unfamiliar bar on his 35th birthday, the bartender (Michael Caine) fixes Larry a special cocktail that sends him back to that pivotal moment, allowing him the life he thought he wanted.

Cast & Crew

Jim Belushi
Larry Joseph Burrows, Narrator
Linda Hamilton
Ellen Jane Burrows, Robertson
Michael Caine
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar, Angel
Jon Lovitz
Clip Metzler, Larry's Best Friend
Hart Bochner
Niles Pender
Bill McCutcheon
Leo Hansen, CEO Liberty Republic Sporting Goods, Cyndi Jo's Father
Rene Russo
Cindy Jo Bumpers
James Orr
Director
Laurence Mark
Executive Producer
James Orr
Producer
David Newman
Original Music
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
Craig Huston
First Assistant Director
Daniel R. Suhart
Second Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Destiny

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  • Jan 01, 2021
    Believe it or not but there was a time when James Belushi was actually a pretty big movie star who popped out quite a stream of solid comedies. None of these movies broke the box office or anything but they were steady flicks that, for a time, consolidated Belushi's position as a decent funny man. I have strong fond memories of seeing Belushi flicks on the shelves at our local video shop and always picking them up knowing they would be a good time (hopefully). It was only in his later years that Belushi would, as most actors do, move towards more adult material, sadly. So what's it all about? Well it's the old 'what if' scenario. What would have happened if one small moment in one's life had been different. This movie is essentially a [i]Twilight Zone[/i] episode...which is great. Larry Burrows (Belushi) entire life has been marred by the fact that he struck out during his high school baseball championship game back when he was 15. He continually ponders about how his life could have been so much better had he hit the ball and won that game. Well on one fateful night Larry gets his wish via a mysterious bartender in a mysterious late-night bar. I guess the first thing that struck me about this story is the fact that Larry's current life isn't actually all that bad. I think the story would have had a stronger punch to it had Larry's life been a tad harder or more miserable. I understand that he's supposed to be this average guy...but was he? He is married to a beautiful wife (a pre-'T2' Linda Hamilton), has a nice home, a decent well-paid job, and is generally a well-liked chap. OK he loses his job prior to meeting the mysterious bartender but at no point does he ever seem very concerned about it, in fact he's pretty chipper about it. Clearly he's got good enough qualifications and experience to walk into another job and has plenty of money in the meantime. So his continual yearning about that fateful game merely seems rather pathetic really, like get the hell over it man! The next thing that struck me was how someone's life could be so dramatically different purely because they won a baseball championship back in high school. OK yes I understand this isn't supposed to be a deep movie, it's a charming little fantasy, but still. So just because he hit the ball and his team won the game his life went down a path of continuous glory? To the point that he became the President of a major company, became a millionaire, and married the hot girl in high school he lusted (and still does because he still knows her) after? Suspension of disbelief yes, but it still makes you think. Speaking of this company, a sporting goods company, it also seems wildly unrealistic that Burrows alternative life would be [b]SO[/b] incredibly lavish by just being the company's President. This company works in sporting goods distribution which seems like it could be a big deal sure, I'm not a business expert. But the size of Burrows house, the interior decor, his assets etc...are more on par with a member of a Royal Family! It's also incredibly frustrating to watch Burrows essentially get fed up with his newfound lavish lifestyle and eventually feck it all up. Again I can understand he would miss his actual wife and have memories etc...but come on! You are now set for life with another beautiful wife and a top job, there's no way you should screw this up, just enjoy the ride. I have to mention the cast here because it's actually pretty impressive. This did come out in the cinema I believe, although possibly just in the US. Granted a few of these actors were pre-A star status but it's still quite surprising to see such a roster of stars. Here in the UK I think this was merely a straight to video job. Apart from Belushi and Hamilton you have Jon Lovitz as Burrows old schoolmate. Rene Russo as Burrows alternate reality wife (the hot girl he had a crush on in high school). Hart Bochner as the dastardly antagonist who is trying to take over the company (more of a subplot). A post-'He-Man' Courteney Cox in a completely pointless role. And Michael Caine as Mike the mysterious bartender, which kinda felt like a miscast to me. Overall I did enjoy this charming tale of alternate realities and time travel. Yes the entire thing is wholly predictable and doesn't really offer anything in terms of originality. Yes some of the characters are pointless and towards the end the shady character played by Hart Bochner does take the plot a bit too far towards comic villainy. And yes it does get a bit too schmaltzy in places. But hell what do you expect here? The movie is basically a loose modern retelling of 'It's A Wonderful Life' and one of those safer cutesy 'Twilight Zone' episodes. It's a feel good flick that doesn't really need to go too deep with explanations but does get you thinking just that tiny bit.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2009
    i saw this but its totslly unrememberable so therfor cant be that good.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2008
    This really fun twist on "It's A Wonderful Life" finds Jim Belushi discovering what his life would have turned out like had he hit a home run in the big game 20 years ago, instead of striking out. Belushi is good as the everyman whose life isn't bad, but isn't exactly what he dreamed it would be. Michael Caine is the mysterious man who gives him the chance to live out his dream by altering reality. Belushi finds himself with a new wife, a succesful career, and all the luxuries a person could want, but finds that doesn't necessarily lead to more happiness. Linda Hamilton plays his wife, and Rene Russo plays his OTHER wife. Is one better than the other for him? Is his new job and status worth trading away the friendships he's built up in his real life? Does money buy happiness? These questions and more are what Belushi must face, and decide if the gift he's been given is any gift at all. It's a very simple message that the movie tries to tell. Life is what you make it. There's good laughs and lots of heart to keep the movie afloat. All the actors are in fine form, and it's a nice mellow movie to veg to on a lazy day.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2007
    Nice story concept, but it deserves to have some better actors. Not that James Belusci is terrible at what he does or anything, but he wouldn't exactly be my first choice to play the starring role of anything. The biggest gripe I have with this film, however, is not its bland cast, but the screenplay its founded upon. Whoever wrote it must have a pretty lame sense of humor, because it completely misses the mark in its attempts to be funny. The use of a voice-over narration wasn't such a bright idea either, especially with Belusci sounding as tired and lifeless as he does. With all this mind, this is one of few movies I wouldn't mind seeing a re-make of. I guess, if that were to happen, that it'd become a re-make of a re-make though, as I read somewhere that the plot for this film has mainly been derived from the oldie <i>It's A Wonderful Life</i>. Be that as it may, I'm sticking to what I said, because it's always a shame when a good story has to suffer the hands of a less-than-brilliant cast and director. It's still an okay movie though, even if I now wish that I'd spent my time on something else.
    Mike S Super Reviewer

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