Barry Levinson's debut film as a writer-director nearly got lost in the shuffle before New York critics rescued it from oblivion. Set in his native Baltimore in 1959, it focuses on a group of pals coping with life post high school. Each of them has problems with women, it seems, whether it's Steve Guttenberg (as a guy about to get married who forces his fiancée to pass a test about the Baltimore Colts), Mickey Rourke (as the womanizing hairdresser with a gambling problem), or Daniel Stern (as the married one who makes his wife miserable with his carefully cataloged record collection). The only time these guys seem like they have it together is when they gather at the diner to sling the bull. The cast includes Ellen Barkin, Timothy Daly, Paul Reiser, and Kevin Bacon--each in a breakthrough role. --Marshall Fine

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
R (Restricted)
What they wanted most wasn't on the menu.
Suddenly, life was more than french fries, gravy and girls.

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