Writer/director Ron Shelton’s comedies (Bull Durham, Tin Cup) have always been shaggy and discursive, but never before has his work felt this lazy. In a Palm Springs retirement community, property manager Duke (Morgan Freeman) finds his alpha-dog position challenged by new arrival Leo (Tommy Lee Jones)—and oh, apparently also Duke is a mob informant in witness protection whose identity has just been discovered. That last part feels almost tacked-on in post-production, including a role for Jane Seymour hamming her way through a Carmela Soprano impression in scenes where she literally never interacts with another person. Indeed, the whole thing feels like a waste of everyone’s time, with antagonist-turned-buddy shenanigans so haphazardly considered that a golf showdown is employed two separate times. If you can’t figure out how to make Freeman and Jones interesting together, you shouldn’t be making movies.
Director: Ron Shelton
Producer: Bill Gerber, Steve Richards, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Steve Barnett, Alan Simpson, John Mass and Peter Strauss
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tommy Jones, Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Elizabeth Ashley, George Wallace, Graham Beckel, Mel Raido, Jane Seymour, Johnny Mathis, Nick Peine, Kristen Rakes and Eli Goodman