Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1982. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group. Screenplay by Barry Levinson. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Jerry Weintraub. Music by Bruce Brody, Ivan Kral. Production Design by Leon Harris. Costume Design by Gloria Gresham. Film Editing by Stu Linder. Academy Awards 1982. Golden Globe Awards 1982.
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. Steve Guttenberg is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam, Daniel Stern is married to Ellen Barkin (who is fantastic) but he has no idea how to love her more than his record collection, Tim Daly‘s girlfriend gets pregnant but doesn’t want him to marry her out of obligation, and bad boy Mickey Rourke doesn’t know quite how to get himself out of the trouble he keeps getting into. Also starring Kevin Bacon and Paul Reiser, 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.