Source: Catholic News Service
A dreary day in the life of a philandering Broadway playwright (Michael Keaton) as his latest play is set to open shows him juggling his apprehensions about the play's reception by a notorious drama critic (Robert Downey Jr.) and hopes that his favorite team, the Red Sox, might finally win the World Series in 1986. Director Michael Hoffman's adaptation of a screenplay by novelist Don DeLillo has a decent cast (including Griffin Dunne, Catherine O'Hara, Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees, Lillias White and Harris Yulin), but feels hollow from start to finish, the New York theater milieu ringing particularly false, and the redemptive ending fails to balance the preceding 83 minutes of tedium. A few instances of profanity, rough and crude language, two nongraphic sexual encounters, one with rear and upper female nudity, premarital sexual encounters, sexual discussions, and a violent brawl. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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