Robin Williams and Kurt Russell play two of life’s failures in this all-American whimsy set in small-town California.
Bank manager Jack Dundee (Williams) lives in the shadow of a missed vital pass at a high-school football game while former star quarterback Reno Hightower (Russell) is now on the skids.
When Jack decides the town needs a little encouragement and some moral fibre, he comes up with a scheme to replay the game and change their fortunes and we’re into a rehash of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Except that the characters are one-dimensional, there aren’t any jokes, and the tone set by writer Ron Shelton and director Roger Spottiswoode is glutinous in the extreme.
It’s sad that Williams had a weakness for this sort of material when his talents so obviously would have been better served elsewhere.
M Emmet Walsh
R G Armstrong