The big city?
Leaving aside Gearino's Raleigh-centric history, many of his points are fair. That Tim Robbins is unconvincing as a major league caliber pitcher is undeniable. That we suspend our disbelief at Robbins' laughable delivery is testament to how well put together the movie really is, though. I do think he misses the point in wondering how Annie can afford her quirky lifestyle on a junior college teacher's salary. I always made the assumption that she was old money who could afford to spend her days not working at all, but instead chose to be a teacher and a baseball groupie. Surely Gearino has encountered a few people like that in his life. And when he calls the dialog "tedious, talky," i can only wonder if he was watching the bowdlerized version that gets shown on AMC on a regular basis.
But his strongest critique, that Durham could, and should, have been a more central character in the movie is not without merit. The tobacco idea blows, but there were other opportunities in the movie to bring Durham more into the picture.
And i also have to disagree when Kevin describes Raleigh as "the small city that desperately wants to be big. Durham, on the other hand, is in many ways the big city -- a world-class employment center, one of the nation's best universities, medical excellence -- that still aspires to be a small city at heart."
I could start counting the ways in which Durham is so not a big city right now, and not finish until the end of the month. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but let's get real. For starters, in the big city, G.D. Gearino's critiques would have sunk below the surface without a ripple.
UPDATE: Michael's comment at the original article is a must read.