|Kurt Russell poses for Robin Williams in, The Best of Times|
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In all of my opinionated rantings, I may have forgotten to say that this film is a comedy more than anything. The music is playful and there's always someone talking trash. Robin Williams (Jumanji) as the butt of the entire town's jokes, plays his part refreshingly straight as a nerdy banker. He's so caught up with dropping the damn ball, that he's missing the life that's going on around him. His "best friend" and former quarterback Kurt Russell (Escape from New York), has problems of his own, however he plays it cool unlike his neurotic wide receiver. They both have wives and kids, but something keeps holding them back from enjoying what they have. It's that damn game! It put a dark cloud over the town and especially them. Williams' only leg up on Russell is that he seems to be the only one who's aware of it. When it comes to the reassembling of the team and their training montages, there's nothing really special involved. It's shown as more of a necessity than an actual treat. But what is a treat, is the performance of Williams' boss and father-in-law, played by Donald Moffat (The Thing 1982). He is relentless at letting Williams know about how much of a failure he is on the field, and off. What makes it even worse, is that Moffat is also the coach of Taft's rivals from Bakersfield. I believe that his type of humorous asshole inspired Jerry Reed's similar turn in The Waterboy (1998). It's my review and I'm sticking to it.
Highs- The tiger mascot sabotage, Moffat's ribbings, the Caribou call, the make-up double date disaster, and the big game.
Lows- The overdubbing of the films F-words is obvious, and does any of this truly matter in the grand scheme of things.
The Best of Times is best suited for those who grew up in that period. For everyone else, it's a hit or a miss. See what I did there?!
Rating- 6.5 out of 10
The Best of Times (1986)PG-13 | 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 31 January 1986 (USA)
A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer: Ron Shelton
Stars: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed
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