Walking With Herb projects its plot and conclusion in obvious ways from the beginning scene.
Edward James Olmos is Joe a sixty-five year old banker who is stern and obviously not happy with his life and career. Suddenly he is in the position that requires foreclosure on his daughter’s child care center for homeless kids. Joe a former quality golfer finds himself visited by Herb (George Lopez) who arrives on a blue Indian motorcycle. We are not sure but he must be an angel or Virgil sent from God to carry out some positive act.
Joe has lost his faith do to his constant workload and the recent loss of love ones. It’s up to Herb, dome doves and a major golf game to save Joe by bringing back his sense of humor and helping someone else who is in need.
Sounds a like a Sunday sermon and it fits that pattern. At the same time though there is little that is spectacular or creative in the film, it is a pleasant adventure that has the quality of a TV drama.
Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) is Joe’s loyal and loving wife who works as hard at as Herb to bring Joe back to faith and the ability to enjoy living again.
It all turns out as one would expect, a comfortable journey across a golf course which enriches the lives of all who participate.