Game 6 Review – Entertaining, Sentimental, A Home Run

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Game 6, from Quiver Distribution, brings to the screen the story of the great American pastime, baseball, and not just any baseball game, game six of the 1986 World Series and three fans who have a love affair with the other team.

The film begins with Nicky Rogan, played by Michael Keaton, a New York playwright, reading the newspaper overlooking the East River and by the timestamp on the film we understand it is October 25, 1986. With optimistic confidence he out over the patio and pauses, and says, "they may just do it."

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What we don't know yet, is that tonight is Game Six of the World Series, Boston Red Socks verses the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. The radio voice announcer explains, by countdown, the gates will be opening in six hours, fans will be filling the ballpark, traffic will be a nightmare.

Following this entry we see an eccentric living situation, the camera pans a warehouse with a mix of décor from the 1960s to curb retrieval and a gold Chinese Tibetan statue along with an Andy Warhol collage of New York Magazine Theater critic Steven Schwimmer, played by Robert Downey Jr.

Nicky Rogan jumps into a taxi and reminisces of his days as a New York cabbie, long days, and makes it a habit to speak with every taxi driver, all of whom are immigrants from all over the world. Tonight, his new play is opening on Broadway, and many agree, it is the best play his career.

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One thing everyone does know, Steven Schwimmer is slated to review Nicky's play, tonight, and like many a critic before him he has dashed the hopes of many playwrights with his scathing words.

Nicky is becoming concerned, the play is important, but tonight Game 6 is a once in a lifetime chance as the Boston Red Sox had not won a World Series since 1918. So instead of obsessing over the play he decides to head over to his favorite sports bar and cheer for the Sox, in a room full of Mets fans, hoping for the miracle and forcing a Game 7 showdown.

Throughout the day Nicky is trying to keep busy and keep his mind off the Steven Schwimmer's possible shredding and the possibility of the Sox winning. He does busy work, he visits his dad, Michael, played by Tom Aldredge, who lives in the same apartment he did all his life, he gets a haircut, runs into a old friend, and a former associate, Eliott Litvak, played by Griffin Dunne, who introduces him to an waitress/actress Paisley Porter, played by Shalom Harlow, who explains she is actually friend with Steven Schwimmer and give Nicky is address.

Along the way to this finale of either opening night or Game 6, we meet the people who are important to Nicky, his daughter, Laurel, played by Ari Graynor, his mistress Joanna Bourne, played by Bebe Neuwirth, his soon to be ex-wife, Lillian Rogan, played by Catherine O'Hara, and a former associate.

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By night's end, what began with great anticipation and hope, and for one moment there was sublime triumph, the victory of attaining the unreachable dream, fell into a thousand shattered pieces as he realizes the dream, the supernatural and otherworldly blinding moment was all a mirage. Needing revenge, he makes his way to Schwimmer's apartment where he will destroy this mean streak forever.

Sharp, clever, and enjoyable Game 6, a New York centric film, brings the best of Manhattan in a nostalgic sentimental journey.

Game 6 is streaming on VOD everywhere. A Home Run. Engaging, entertaining, a feel-good film.

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Country: USA.

Language: English.

Runtime: 83 minutes.

Director: Michael Hoffman.

Writer: Don Delillo.

Producer: David Bausch, Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson, Leslie Urdang.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne, Ari Graynor, Bebe Neuwirth, Tom Aldredge, Shalom Harlow.

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