Picks and Pans Review: Dreamer

updated 07/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

More Players but less chic. The subject is bowling. Sure, the sport is enjoyed by more than 50 million Americans, but so is washing dishes, and the dramatic possibilities are roughly comparable. To make matters worse, the screenplay was compiled from dusty sports movie clichés. Take a struggling young competitor (Tim Matheson). Give him a former champ (Jack Warden) for a mentor and throw in a beautiful girl (Susan Blakely) to say things like "I think you love that crummy old baseball bat/golf club/bowling ball more than me." Suffer the consequences. Considering the material, the cast struggles gamely. Matheson gets by on his Animal House charm and throws a pretty mean hook, besides. But as for director Noel Nosseck, he got most of his experience on TV, which is where this gutter-ball of a movie belongs. (PG)

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