(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.  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, Timothy 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 were all unknowns when Barry Levinson cast them (his directorial debut as well), and it became the blueprint for many of the movies that Levinson would make in the future. Like many of his films, it never really gets to full steam, but it is intelligent and rich in character.

USA, 1982

Directed by Barry Levinson

Screenplay by Barry Levinson

Cinematography by Peter Sova

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