(out of 5)

Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam,  is married to (who is fantastic) but he has no idea how to love her more than his record collection, ‘s girlfriend gets pregnant but doesn’t want him to marry her out of obligation, and bad boy  doesn’t know quite how to get himself out of the trouble he keeps getting into. Also starring and , the ensemble cast in this beautifully written film were all unknowns when Barry Levinson cast them in his directorial debut and, like many of his films, it never really gets to a full boil, but it is intelligent and its characterizations are rich.

USA, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by Barry Levinson

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags: .

Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen) (Barry Levinson)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay (Barry Levinson)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay (Barry Levinson)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Mickey Rourke)

Best Screenplay (Barry Levinson)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Mickey Rourke)
Best Screenplay



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