|PLAY IT TO THE BONE (director/writer: Ron Shelton; cinematographer: Mark Vargo; editors: Paul Seydor/Patrick Flannery; music: Alex Wurman; cast: Antonio Banderas (Cesar Dominguez), Woody Harrelson (Vince Boudreau), Lolita Davidovich (Grace Pasic), Tom Sizemore (Joe Domino), Lucy Liu (Lia), Robert Wagner (Hank Goody), Richard Masur (Artie), Willie Garson (Cappie Caplan), Cylk Cozart (Rudy), Jack Carter (Dante Solomon), With: Jim Lampley, George Foreman, Larry Merchant, Darrell Foster, Steve Lawrence, Mitch Halpern, Chuck Hull, Buddy Greco, Kevin Costner, James Woods, Mike Tyson, Rod Stewart; Runtime: 124; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Stephen Chin; Buena Vista Pictures; 1999)|
|"A sometimes funny boxing
by Dennis Schwartz
sometimes funny boxing screwball comedy directed and
written by Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham"/"Tin
Cup"/"White Men Can't Jump"), who
specializes in sports films. The plot is far-fetched,
and the film is too absurd to be a winner. But it wins
a few rounds.
eve of the Las Vegas heavyweight title fight, called
the "Fight of the Century," featuring Mike
Tyson, the boxers scheduled for the under-card turn
up dead. As a result, two aging, unknown and
untalented lightweight fighters, Cesar (Antonio
Banderas) and Vince (Woody Harrelson),
long-time friends from LA, are asked to fight each
other as replacements on the card. The guys have 12
hours to get to the arena, and receive no airline
tickets. They are instead driven to Vegas by the
feisty Grace (Lolita Davidovich),
Vince's ex-girlfriend and now Cesar's girlfriend.
They give a ride to hitch-hiker Lia (Lucy
junkie nymphomaniac, in Grace's
'72 Olds. After some snappy
travel dialogue, the party arrives on time and the
boys fight each other to win $100,000
and the title.
The pic never says much about the boxing world and its questionable ethics, is only marginally funny in spots and its set-up is too ridiculous to let the pic go on without stopping it for a self-examination.
REVIEWED ON 6/27/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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