The 40 Bet on Catcher feature is one of the funniest moments in “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” behind Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. I won’t go into details, but the two cats involved find themselves in the depths of a game with three goals, a stolen ball and three catchers. Nicole Kidman nails her second try at catching the game winner while Tom Cruise makes an unexpected appearance to take home the trophy.
This movie was one of my favorites from the movie franchise. I also really liked “A Few Good Men,” which followed up the last outing of “The Devil’s Advocate.” Both of those movies were directed by David Fincher and starred Michael Douglas along with Robert Duvall. While “The Devil’s Advocate” did not have as strong of a script as “A Few Good Men,” it was still a very entertaining movie and Duvall was able to bring some of his well-known personality to the screen. That coupled with some terrific supporting actors made this movie one of my favorites of the year.
“The 40 Bet on Catcher” follows the life of newly divorced couple Bob and JoAnne. Bob has moved on to start a new life with a woman he met in a book store. JoAnne, who had once been married to an alcoholic who was later killed in a drunk driving accident, is determined to get everything done in order to save her family. The two are joined by a new friend, played by Robert Duvall, whose presence helps them work through their problems.
When JoAnne and Bob get into a dog fight, the police are called. During the altercation, Bob gets bit by a dog and reveals to JoAnne that he is using steroids. In exchange for being forgiven, she lets him live with her family (although he does not stay). JoAnne then tells Bob that she loves him but that he has to leave if he wants to continue living his life like this. Once he does, she tells him that she has another surprise for him…
What is so amazing about “The 40 Bet on 424” is the fact that it tells you everything about the people involved in the game. You get to know what their relationship is like, their conflicts, their lust for each other, their falling out of love, etc. It is very human to fall in love and get hurt, and in this movie, you see all of it happening before your eyes. It is a very touching movie that will make you laugh, cry, and think. It just makes you realize that if you would go through all of that, you might have a better relationship than you thought you had.
Although “The 40 Bet on 424” is a movie that many people might consider to be too plot-y, it is actually a very romantic movie. It might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy romance, and love, this is a great choice. I hope that you love “The 40 Bet on 424” as much as I do. Watch it when it comes available on DVD and see for yourself.