After the death of a child and the departure of his wife (Kathleen Turner), Leary's funk seems unstoppable. Enter Muriel (Geena Davis), who starts out training Leary's dog and eventually moves on to training Leary, too. Their unlikely romance comprises the bulk of the movie, as Leary slowly learns how to love through the ministrations of the exceedingly quirky Muriel.
The film is sadly nearly ruined by Turner's breathy performance as a woman who should be sweet yet crushed but comes off as a redux of Body Heat's Matty Walker. Hurt nails the part in a quiet and introspective role that would define his characters for the next 10 years, while Davis's Oscar win would carry her through a lifetime of progressivel more boring performances. Supporting cast like Ed Begley Jr. and David Ogden Stiers nail their roles as Macon's quirky family.
The film is unfortunately start to show its age; Bill Pullman looks about 30 years older now than he did here. Davis's performance is obviously less impressive now in light of her full career. She's just being hammy, and a permanent wave can't disguise that fact. Hurt is the virtuoso, rising above the Lawrence Kasdan histrionics and some loose acting.
Run time: 121 mins
In Theaters: Friday 6th January 1989
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Production compaines: Warner Bros.
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 22 Rotten: 6
IMDB: 6.8 / 10
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: William Hurt as Macon Leary, Kathleen Turner as Sarah Leary, Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett, Amy Wright as Rose Leary, David Ogden Stiers as Porter Leary, Ed Begley Jr. as Charles Leary, Bill Pullman as Julian