A fond look back at a groundbreaking media celebrity and man of letters, “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself” is an entertaining profile of the self-avowed participatory journalist and his tumultuous life and times. Stuffed to the gills with media types and literary lions from the middle of the past century, this is as much time capsule as film, and will appeal to anyone who subscribed — or still does — to Plimpton’s Paris Review, and harbors fond memories of his one-off stunts.
Born into a successful and well-connected family — Robert F. Kennedy was a lifelong friend, and Plimpton was at his side when Kennedy was shot — he edited the Paris Review before deciding to try professional sports and relate the amateur experience. The apogee of this career-long caprice came when he parlayed a few exhibition-game downs as quarterback for the Detroit club into the best-selling tome “Paper Lion.” It’s all here, strung together with pep and insight by helmers Tom Bean and Luke Poling. Tech package creates a visually pleasing whole from wildly disparate elements, with Mark Degli Antoni’s guitar-based score providing a peppy thrum commensurate with a life fully lived.