The independent dramatic comedy Game 6 offers Michael Keaton a better part than other films like White Noise and First Daughter.
The actor who originated the title role in Batman is a well-known playwright in 1986 New York.
Director Michael Hoffman gives Keaton's Nicky room to express the despondency of a man in desperate need of good fortune.
Bebe Neuwirth plays more than a financial supporter of Nicky's that leaves him high and dry with his wife (Catherine O'Hara). And, his new autobiographical work manifest the lead actor (Harris Yulin) to be in a state that borders on Alzheimer's.
Noticeable support comes from Robert Downey, Jr. (a damped down scientist in The Shaggy Dog) as a wicked theatre critic whom Nicky is worried about.
The backdrop of the title reflects the tension of Nicky's feelings about the Red Sox on the verge of defeating the New York Mets in the World Series. A New Yorker who loves the cursed baseball team ironically has his play opening simultaneously with the game.
A doomed feeling pervades Game 6 which was shot prior to Boston's unlikely 2004 triumph in the postseason, slumping more often than hitting its way out of cinematic dementia and scenes with immigrant cabbies. However, Keaton has the kind of introspective stroke of an actor than often shines over the flaws almost as vapid as the one that haunts the likes of Bill Buckner.