Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1986. Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Ezra Sacks. Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by Anthea Sylbert. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Boris Leven. Costume Design by Eddie Marks. Film Editing by Richard A. Harris.
Goldie Hawn‘s bubbly personality is perfectly suited to this tolerable comedy, though the screenplay and direction aren’t nearly up to the par of Private Benjamin or Butterflies Are Free. She plays a high school track coach who vies for the position of football coach when the job suddenly becomes vacant. Initially jeered at by colleagues and family alike for being a wispy little girl who thinks she can be a tough team manager, Hawn sticks it out and eventually shows everyone, especially her team members, that she’s got what it takes. Watching her get there is enjoyable, especially thanks to how charismatic a movie star she is, but the overall impact of the film is weak and unpolished. Swoosie Kurtz, in one of the most ingenious casting decisions ever, plays Hawn’s equally feisty sister, with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes making early career appearances as players on the football team.