Rated: PG-13 for adult themes. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 4, 1994 Released by: Columbia Pictures
Nick Nolte strs as Matt Hobbs, a once hot, sought after actor, who now finds himself a middle-aged, out of work father.
He unexpectedly gets custody of his six-year-old daughter, Jeannie (played by delightful Whittni Wright in a terrific debut) after his ex-wife (Tracey Ullman is jailed.
The back drop to this budding relationship between father and daughter is a Hollywood production office. Hobbs takes a job as driver for a neurotic producer, Burke Adler (played by the always neurotic actor Albert Brooks) and dates Cathy (Joely Richardson), a pretty script reader who backs Hobbs for a lead in a new film and then surprisingly dumps on him when pressed for her opinion of his acting by a group of her peers. Another example of the fleeting loyalty of the Hollywood crowd.
Most of the characters are shallow and self-absorbed and would sell you down the river for a good part, except for Julie Kavner who plays an audience researcher and Adler-s girlfriend. She's the most down-to earth one of the bunch.
Nolte, who is boyish, unsure of himself, and in possession of the sexiest smile in Hollywood, is wonderful as the father trying to deal with the changes in his life. Wright is both adorable and exasperating.
The film has some warm, enjoyable moments, but it's disjointed and uneven. Written and directed by sitcom vet James L. Brooks, the film is cute, but in need of some pulling together.
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