A few fine moments can't salvage this dispiriting disappointment from writer-director James L. Brooks (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, BROADCAST NEWS), originally planned as a musical extravaganza. After negative previews, the producers lost nerve and jettisoned the musical numbers, along with most
of the film's reason for being.
Struggling character actor Matt (Nick Nolte) is on the verge of landing a role when his ex-wife (Tracey Ullman) is imprisoned for her involvement in a pension fund scandal, leaving Matt with sole custody of their 6-year-old daughter Jeannie (Whittni Wright), whom he hasn't seen in two years.
Matt loses the part when he runs afoul of prickly pro...