Cinema: Good Ole Boys

SEMI-TOUGH

Directed by Michael Ritchie

Screenplay by Walter Bernstein

Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy—there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from—but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film. Dan Jenkins' bestseller has been slow to reach the screen, and in the intervening years the subject of his satire—pro football's Lombardi era, with all its dark Nixonian overtones—has lost some of its edge. Adapter Bernstein and Director Ritchie have found a contemporary lunacy with the same rich possibilities...

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