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Larry Burrows Wished For It All... Until All That He Wished For Came True!
Larry Burrows is unhappy and feels powerless over his life. He believes his entire life could have turned out differently had he not missed that shot in a baseball game when was a kid. One night he meets this mysterious man, who could change his fate by offering him that alternative life he always dreamed of. But as Burrows embarks on this journey of self discovery he realises that even this new life has its problems and drawbacks..
After a lousy 35th birthday, Larry Burrows (Jim Belushi) can only wonder if his life would've been better had he hit the home run that won his Little League game. (Do I even need to say 'Be careful what you wish for'?) The good news is that this is a better It's a Wonderful Life rip-off than Click. The bad news is that this well-cast but bland fantasy-comedy is still a far cry from the Capra classic. Painless, but hardly worth the effort.
Two things: a) the superfluous, hand-hold narration in the first couple reels is so bad, I have to dock half-a-star from the rating and b) Linda Hamilton's character's maiden name is Ellen Ripley. Seriously, was Sigourney Weaver attached at some point in this movie's development?
It's been at least a decade since I've seen Mr. Destiny, but recently I had the urge to give it another go. This was one of those movies I remember watching growing up and just being plain fun. And that remains so today. It's by no means a great movie, but it is memorable. It lets you indulge in that fantasy of, "How awesome life could be if one event turned out differently."
It's easy to point out the faults of this movie. Larry (James Belushi) really is so dense that he brings all of his problems down on himself. He doesn't think things through as well as you, the viewer, might, and he loses some credibility as a character…
The Biltmore Estate and Linda Hamilton are the quiet stars
Entertaining story. Good cast.
I had seen this back in the early 90's, so before I added a review, had to check it out again.
Now, I remember enjoying it a lot more then than now, but it probably has something to do with me having seen so many other films since with the same plot: for example, The Family Man.
Belushi is fine here playing the guy that wants everything he doesn't have, but quickly finds out his life was pretty darn swell as is, and the supporting cast of Hamilton, Caine, Cox, Bochner and Russo are all terrific. Hey and look out for a bit role from goddess Kathy Ireland as well.
Like I said the story maybe seemed more original at…
This was pretty damn good. I liked it. It was "magical". It was a bit like 17 Again /slash/ Back to the Future.
Larry Burrows is a normal guy with a normal life. He gets the chance to change his life, supposedly for the better, but soon finds out even the most "perfect" life has its problems.
Mr. Destiny is a film that, to my knowledge, is not that well known. I used to watch it as a kid, and I loved it. The idea of being able to go back and change your destiny was a very cool concept. I also found a lot of humor in the film.
Watching the film today, I still enjoyed it despite some problems.
The movie establishes that Larry has a pretty good life, albeit a boring one. Anyone in his position may have thoughts about…
There are some funny bits here and there, but they’re few and far between. Again, it’s not the actors; there just isn’t anything in the script for them to work with. There’s not enough that’s meant to be funny for this to be funny, and yet it is clearly meant to be a comedy rather than a drama or anything else. But the whole thing is tepid and dreary. It’s not terrible. It’s all just sort of beige. Read full review.
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