The film “Mr. Destiny” opens with Larry Burrows, portrayed by Emmy nominee Jim Belushi (About Last Night), talking about the strange happenings that are taking place on his 35th birthday. He’s happily married to his wife Ellen played by three time Golden Globe nominee Linda Hamilton (The Terminator). His best friend from childhood, Clip, a role acted by two time Emmy nominee Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live), is not only still active in his life, but is also his co-worker. There are, however, things in his life he’d like to improve. His car is frequently breaking down and being towed. Additionally, he’s not where he wants to be or where he thought he’d be financially by this point in his life. He feels stuck in a rut by his daily routine, which, as he states at one point in the movie, always culminates with him falling asleep in front of the television.
On the night of his birthday, while driving home, Larry’s car, once more, breaks down. He pulls his car over, and where he breaks down happens to be right outside a bar. Larry goes inside. No one is there except for the bartender, Mike, who is portrayed by two time Oscar winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules). Larry makes a phone call and sits down and drinks a beer while he waits for the tow truck. While Mike and Larry talk, Mike seems, from their conversation, to know a lot about Larry. In fact, he knows about the incident in Larry’s life that he bemoans the most. Larry is under the impression, that if he got the winning hit in a championship baseball game twenty years earlier, his whole life would have been better. Mike questions Larry’s theory.
After leaving the bar, Larry, immediately begins to live the life he’s dreamed about. He can’t believe it. Mike, as it turned out, was no ordinary bartender. Larry is now in a powerful position in his company, second only to his boss Mr. Hansen (Bill McCutcheon). He’s married to his boss’s daughter Cindy Jo played by BAFTA nominee Rene Russo (Nightcrawler). In addition, he has a jealous mistress named Jewel, a role acted by Golden Globe nominee Courtney Cox (Scream). Larry also has more money than he could ever have dreamed of. Larry, however, soon finds out, that when Mike changed the trajectory of Larry’s life by allowing him to be the hero of the baseball game, he might not have done him a favor. Will Larry come to that realization before it’s too late and ask for his old life back?
“Mr. Destiny” was directed by Emmy nominee James Orr (Breaking All the Rules). He also co-wrote the screenplay with Emmy nominee Jim Cruikshank (Tough Guys). The film premiered on October 12, 1990. Parts comedy, fantasy and romance the movie has a runtime of 110 minutes.
Like a number of films I’ve seen recently, this was another that I hadn’t watched in a long time, and that I decided to re-watch. I am glad I did. The film had a well balanced mix of the comedic and fantasy elements and didn’t over stay its welcome with the under two hour runtime.