1996, PG, 94 min. Directed by Bill Couturié. Starring Matt LeBlanc, Jayne Brook, Bill Cobbs, Doren Fein, Patrick Kerr, Jack Warden.

Not reviewed at press time. Matt LeBlanc, one of the co-stars of that inexplicably popular sitcom Friends, here plays a ballplayer who's losing his touch with a curveball, as well as his enthusiasm for the game. Then the team's new mascot/ballplayer -- a chimpanzee named Ed -- restores his teammate's technique, as well as his love for the sport. A 9-year-old girl I know, who's also a fan of Friends, thinks Ed looks “icky” and a three-year-old boy I know has decided the chimp looks kind of “scary.” It's not a scientific poll, I realize, but it sure makes me wonder who the audience for Ed might really be. Director Couturié's choice of projects is curious to say the least since the respected documentarian has won an Oscar and a Peabody for his co-direction of Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, as well as two Emmys, a Peabody, and a Cable Ace award for 1982's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Matt LeBlanc Films
Charlie's Angels
Remember John Forsythe informing us that “Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls …”? Does that mean Charlie's Angels was a fairy tale? ...

Marc Savlov, Nov. 3, 2000

More by Marjorie Baumgarten
SXSW Film Review: The Greatest Hits
SXSW Film Review: The Greatest Hits
Love means never having to flip to the B side

March 16, 2024

SXSW Film Review: The Uninvited
SXSW Film Review: The Uninvited
A Hollywood garden party unearths certain truths

March 12, 2024


Ed, Bill Couturié, Matt LeBlanc, Jayne Brook, Bill Cobbs, Doren Fein, Patrick Kerr, Jack Warden

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle