Worth Winning Reviews
Taylor never gets rejected, which is why his best friend, Ned (Mark Blum) comes up with a bet - get engaged to three women in three months, and Ned gets to pick the women. It's a slam dunk win for Ned, except Taylor also hates to lose and wants Ned to quit making foolish bets - so against his better judgment, Taylor agrees.
The three women all present varying challenges. Erin (Maria Holvoe) is an innocent but gorgeous blonde who is the receptionist for the Philadelphia Eagles - and is protected by several of it's biggest and strongest players. Eleanor (Lesley Ann Warren) is married to a very rich but very boring dolt whose idea of fun is doing mental math over the dinner table. And Veronica (Madeleine Stowe) is an eclectic concert pianist who openly states that she hates men like Taylor.
Of course, since this is an '80s romantic comedy, we know that Taylor will have some measure of success with all three women. And that's part of why we really shouldn't like "Worth Winning." Taylor is pretty much a sexist cad who gets what he wants from women before tossing them to the curb on the way to the next conquest. At least that's where he starts.
But along the way, also because it's an '80s romantic comedy, we also know that there's going to be a transformation in Taylor's future. And this is why we ultimately end up likely "Worth Winning." The guy that Taylor starts to realize he wants to be - primarily because that's who one of the three women falls in love with - is actually a decent guy. And in spite of the seedy background of the bet, we find ourselves rooting for Taylor to somehow work everything out and get the right girl.
"Worth Winning" is a likable movie with a fairly strong cast and some decent direction - especially in the way that Taylor (and ultimately the right girl) break the fourth wall to make asides to the audience. Another plus for the film is the soundtrack, which is mostly comprised of original compositions by pianist Liz Story (who also used her hands to double for Madeleine Stowe during the concert scene).
"Worth Winning" is a solid addition to the date night rotation if you can find a copy (and that's a big if, given that the only DVDs on Amazon start at $65 for a used copy).