The Dream Team

The Dream Team is a hokey comedy that basically reduces mental illness to a grab bag of quirky schtick. Yet with a quartet of gifted comic actors having a field day playing loonies on the loose in Manhattan, much of that schtick is awfully funny.

With:
Michael Keaton Christopher Lloyd Peter Boyle Stephen Furst Dennis Boutsikaris Lorraine Bracco

The Dream Team is a hokey comedy that basically reduces mental illness to a grab bag of quirky schtick. Yet with a quartet of gifted comic actors having a field day playing loonies on the loose in Manhattan, much of that schtick is awfully funny.

In an attempt to give his patients a taste of the real world, New Jersey hospital doctor Dennis Boutsikaris decides to treat four of his charges to a day game at Yankee Statium.

Going along for the ride are the certified oddballs: Keaton, who seems to have his wits about him but periodically displays extreme delusions of grandeur, as well as a mean violent streak; Christopher Lloyd, a prissy fuss-budget who enjoys posing as a member of the hospital staff; Peter Boyle, a man with a heavy Jesus complex given to undressing at moments of intense spirituality; and Stephen Furst, an uncommunicative simpleton who speaks mainly in baseball jargon.

As soon as they hit the Big Apple, however, the good doctor is seriously injured after witnessing a killing, and the boys are left to their own devices.

Keaton is at his manic best, Lloyd prompts numerous guffaws with his impersonation of a self-serious tidiness freak, and Furst quietly impresses as the sickest and most helpless of the lot.

The Dream Team

Production: Imagine/Universal. Director Howard Zieff; Producer Christopher W. Knight; Screenplay Jon Connolly, David Loucka; Camera Adam Holender; Editor C. Timothy O'Meara; Music David McHugh; Art Director Todd Hallowell

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: Michael Keaton Christopher Lloyd Peter Boyle Stephen Furst Dennis Boutsikaris Lorraine Bracco

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