oops - i correct myself above - Tim Robbins, not Tim Costner! was supposed to be an oaf!
As a baseball fan, a movie fanatic, and as a girl who lived in her share of southern mill towns during the eighties, I have to take to task Mr. Gearino's idea that the game of baseball and the city of Durham was given the short shrift by the makers of Bull Durham. First, and foremost, Mr. Gearino seems to have misplaced his sense of humor, which is something you have to possess if you are going to sit down and even attempt to watch Bull Durham. Yeah, Costner, we all know he's not Marlon Brando - but he's damn cute and he showed up for this particular film on time and in pretty good form. Tim Costner was supposed to be an oaf! That was the whole point! And don't even mess with Susan Sarandon - the woman is a goddess and Annie Savoy was, well, how do I put this, well she was a perfect combination of a lot of the cool southern girls I knew way back when. It was the eighties and sex was different back then. And finally, "what's that smell?" ? Oh pleeeeez, Mr. Gearino! Durham, back then was not cool, it may be cool now, but back in the eighties it looked (and smelled) like many other southern mill towns, like Winston-Salem, Richmond, and Greensboro. When I watch Bull Durham, I remember what living in those places felt like - a little bleak, a little desperate. This movie was not meant to be some serious portrait of southern living and the art of baseball. Bull Durham was a funny fairy tale about baseball in a southern town, that's all.
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