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Returning Mickey Stern (2003)



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Mickey Stern (Joseph Bologna) is living in the past. When he was still in high school, Mickey (played as a young man by Joshua Fishbein) was a baseball phenom, signed by his beloved Yankees. He was on his way to Korea, proud to fight for his country. Then, visiting Fire Island with his best friend, Harry (Brett Tabisel), he met Leah (Kylie Delre), a beautiful young woman on her way to medical school. Mickey and Leah quickly hit it off, spending a romantic night together before circumstances parted them. Mickey went off to Korea, where he was wounded, which ended his dreams of baseball stardom. Leah went to medical school. It wasn't until 50 years later that she wrote to him, explaining that she'd never gotten over him. He felt the same way, so they were reunited and married. They spent one joyous year together before she passed away. Now, with Harry (Tom Bosley) still at his side, Mickey returns to Fire Island to collect Leah's old things. There, he makes a startling discovery. He sees a woman who looks exactly like Leah (Delre) and even has the same name. More shocking, he finds a young man named Michael (Fishbein) who is exactly like his 17-year-old self, right down to the smallest mannerism. Everyone thinks he's crazy, but Mickey is determined to correct the mistakes of his own past through these two young people. As he fumblingly tries to bring the two together, he makes some key discoveries about his own life. Written and directed by first-timer Michael Prywes, Returning Mickey Stern was cast, in part, through a website created by Prywes, /, where visitors got to view auditions and vote among the finalists for four key roles.


Joseph Bologna
as Mickey Stern
Joshua Fishbein
as Michael/Young Mickey
Brett Tabisel
as Young Harry
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Critic Reviews for Returning Mickey Stern

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

A would-be magical romantic comedy whose execution doesn't live up to the cleverness of its central conceit.

May 7, 2003

High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4
Top Critic

The always-watchable Bologna is the adhesive holding together this slight and gentle romantic comedy, lending it perhaps more conviction and authority than the material warrants.

April 25, 2003 | Full Review…

Returning Mickey Stern is a sweet, well-intended picture, but like its title character, it is not quite good enough for the big leagues.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Returning Mickey Stern barely gets off first base, although the quaint Fire Island setting makes it easy on the eye.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4

A bland romantic comedy that comes up short on both laughs and love.

April 24, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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