Picks and Pans Review: Ed
updated 03/25/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/25/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST
This insipid comedy manages to besmirch not only baseball but Ed Sullivan. LeBlanc, looking as if he has never come closer to an infield than to acting lessons, plays a minor-league pitcher assigned to room with a baseball-playing chimpanzee named Ed, unaccountably, after the old Toast of the Town. The chimp is portrayed by puppeteers in strikingly unrealistic, moth-eaten monkey suits.
There's also a romance involving LeBlanc and Brook, as a waitress with a sweet little daughter, that detours the plot: Even Ed all but disappears as LeBlanc's team plays for a league championship. (PG)