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Bull Durham: nostalgia or syrup?
on 2 September 2002
This is first and foremost a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy. Kevin Costner has a believable role at the centre of a fine ensemble cast (Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl). He is no method actor but seems very well suited to play 'Crash Davies', a mildly cynical minor league baseball professional brought in to act as part coach/ part father figure to Tim Robbins' young cocky pitcher. Susan Sarandon provides both plot and love interest.
The great thing about this movie is the affectionate but not mushy portrayal of small town America and the reality of baseball outside 'the show'. My American friends tell me it is very believable.
Finally, I won't spoil the plot (for what it is), but watch out for a couple of great one-liners from Robert Wuhl, a veteran of the American stand-up comedy circuit.