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I'll Do Anything Review

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Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family vs career in a particularly difficult way.

★★★★

A quite ghastly comedy starring Nick Nolte as a failed actor forced to look after his precocious five-year-old daughter (Whittni Wright) while eking out a career revival, only for the tyke to steal the limelight from under his nose. Director James L. Brooks throws away a perfect opportunity for a biting satire, relying instead on badly forced humour and in-jokes. Originally this was a musical, until Brooks cut all the songs bar one (sung by the frankly unappealing Wright) at the last minute. One can’t help feeling that the odd bit of crooning might have upped the fun factor considerably.

Nolte's attempts at comedy are embarrassing. Bad.