Film Review: Game 6

Game 6
Game 6

If I told you I’d watched a film starring Michael Keaton as a man trying to validate his life through a play on Broadway, while his estranged wife, mistress, daughter, and lead actor attack him from all sides, and includes a caustic theater critic threatening to take him down, you’d assume I’d just seen Birdman, wouldn’t you? But you’d be wrong.

What I’d actually just seen was a little gem of a film that came out nine years earlier: Game 6. Without the benefit of the cinematic acrobatics of Alejandro Iñárritu’s masterpiece, Game 6 is every bit as Oscar-worthy.

First there’s Michael Keaton. ‘Nuff said. But with performances by Robert Downey Jr., Bebe Neuwirth, and Catherine O’Hara, the film really delivers. Having been written by none other than the fabulous Don DeLillo is a bonus.

Not sure how this low budget film slipped under my radar back in ought five, but I’m grateful to my pal Dale for bringing it to my attention. Thanks, Man!

Whether or not you’re a sports fan (The title refers to the fateful sixth game of the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and the Mets.), you should see this film for the great performances and writing.

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— Sue Lange, writer/producer

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