The Slugger's Wife Reviews
It's hard to know where to assign blame. Was Ashby not New York enough to get Neil Simon's rhythms? Was Simon not Southern enough to capture Georgia culture? Could the leads just not muster any more enthusiasm or chemistry than what was on display (I can't speak to Michael O'Keefe's other work, but I know I've seen Rebecca DeMornay give more nuanced performances than this). The use of live music to comment on the film's goings-on worked well enough; I was reminded a bit of Altman's "A Perfect Couple," which I enjoyed rather more than this and which used a similar device (the songs in the Altman film were fairly banal originals; here the producers at least licensed existing rock and pop songs, albeit in bland, mid-'80s cover versions).
This was the first unqualified failure I've ever seen with Ashby's name on it. Part of me regrets paying to see it theatrically. The rest of me takes comfort in knowing that at least I didn't suffer alone.
"A love story about two of America's favourite pastimes."
Really disapointing considering the talent behind the film, including Hal Ashby, one of the top directors of the 70's, and Neil Simon, the legendary NY playwright. The film was taken away from director Hal Ashby in post production because Ashby had turned in too many scenes without the dialog written by 'Neil Simon'. It attempts to combine a movie about being a professional baseball player with a romantic comedy, like Bull Durham. Though it predates Bull Durham by a few years, it's hard not to compare, and it doesn't come close.
It stars Michael O'Keefe (Caddyshack), Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business), and Randy Quaid, who has some of the funnier moments, which are few.
Steven Gustafson, Dennis Drew, and Jerome Augustyniak from the band 10,000 Maniacs make a cameo appearance in a scene in this movie, ordering food during the scene where the song "All American Boy" plays.
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