For the Boys (1991)

“Just relax and follow my lead.” – Eddie

“Yeah. Right off a cliff.” – Dixie

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (Cable in the 90’s, 31 Mar 2001 and 11 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A talented singer is sent to join a USO tour in England during World War II and it changes the direction she expected her life to take.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and recalled certain scenes and songs of it, but was interested in seeing the whole thing once again to see if my memories of it were correct.

This film is done in a very fun way and could have been even more poignant and emotional if it had spent more time on developing the various characters.

I usually like film’s like this even more but they try too hard to cram more than 50 years of a story into less than 2 and a half hours and things seem rushed more often than not.

This is quite unfortunate because they have some great segments of the story that could have been expanded on a bit more in order to make things even more enjoyable because these characters have so much more potential.

Bette Midler shines in this film in the lead and was very deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for this performance.

James Caan is less than stellar here, but he still manages to work quite well in the role of the “straight man” of the comedy duo.

This movie has some great comedy routines between the two leads that make things quite memorable since their chemistry is just perfect together.

Midler also sings some very memorable songs in the film but the standout is her amazingly emotional rendition of In My Life.

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Bottom Line – Fun film that could have been even more poignant and enjoyable if they had strengthened the character development. The attempt to cover over 50 years in such a short runtime is problematic because they aren’t able to spend as much time on each of the segments shown as they should have which would have helped things even more.  Midler is superb in this film and was very deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance here.  Caan seems a bit out of his depth here, but is still passable in the role of the “straight man” in the comedy act.  The film has some great comedy routines and great songs and some of them are extremely memorable.  Midler’s rendition of In My Life is amazingly emotional.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the release of the movie, Martha Raye claimed publicly that the character Bette Midler portrayed was plagiarized from her own career, and especially the efforts she had made during several wars. Raye sought compensation in court, but after hearing the evidence of both sides, the judge decided that Raye did not have a case. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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