Stand-up comic John Mendoza turns up as newly divorced, disorganized Chi sports columnist John Palmaro, who has little ability to cope. Only mildly amusing, “The Second Half” suggests how rough the first half must have been.
With his new apartment not yet furnished, his sassy 14-year-old daughter Cathy (Ellen Blain) and her younger sis Ruth (Brooke Stanley) come to visit and nothing pleases Cathy. John’s friends, neighbors and boss Robert (Wayne Knight) stop by. Palmaro does buy bedroom furniture for the girls, but it arrives in parts in boxes ready to be put together.
The humor’s bland, the direction by Barnet Kellman diffident. Written in low-key fashion, the first chapter suggests many other domestic predecessors, with Mendoza not displaying the timing with which to build up the thin material. The kids are unextraordinary, and the characters visiting the living room don’t light up any comedy kleigs.