S.I.M Rating: 4.04 out of 10 (2 Votes)
Cast: Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Randy Quaid
With a story by Neil Simon, directed by Hal Ashby, and produced by Ray Stark, the 1985 romantic comedy, The Slugger's Wife somehow manages to fall short in practically every category, especially entertainment.
Not usually associated with sports, Simon's script fails to produce the expected laughs his work normally elicits effortlessly. A story about a baseball player (Michael O'Keefe) who falls for a rock singer (Rebecca de Mornay), The Slugger's Wife never really "feels" comfortable with the premise and is hindered by a lack of chemistry, particularly between the two primary stars. The obviously staged and predictable baseball scenes don't do anything for the film either.
Martin Ritt portrays the team's manager, but is better known as director of such classics as Hud, The Great White Hope and Norma Rae.