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The Best of Times

Year: 1986
Production Co: Kings Road Entertainment
Studio: Universal
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer: Ron Shelton
Cast: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell

I saw this film by accident on a long distance bus trip, never having heard of it before. Given the choice I probably wouldn't have chosen to watch it, but to a captive audience it was cute enough.

Kurt Russell and Robin Williams play Reno and Jack, two grown up small town friends struggling with the responsibility of adult life, the complications of marriage and all the various trappings of each.

Jack's never gotten over missing the big play during their high school final football game, a win that could have put their town on the map (Taft, formerly known as Moron) and for which Jack now feels responsible.

He even sees the local hooker in town but rather than sleep with her he simply wants to talk endlessly about his regrets even though nobody else cares anymore and just wants to get on with their lives.

With a big new match destined for the town, the guys' obsession with football prompts both their wives to kick them out. Jack sees it as his chance to redeem himself. The game gives him purpose and Reno can't help but be swept up in the excitement.

Can the guys win the big game they should have won decades before? Can they get their girls back? After sitting through the whole thing you might just care...

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