Bull Durham, 1988, Comedy/Sports/Romance

Boiled down sexy: Pitcher wears garters at lover’s request to stay focused when playing. Multi-day messy sex in bed, in the bath, on the floor, on the kitchen counter… Teacher/student dynamic. Experienced lover vs. experienced lover dynamic.


Bull Durham is a movie about sex and baseball.

I never thought that I would count amongst my top favourite movies, a film that was about sports. In fact, I don’t think there is another movie in my top 50 favourite movies that even mentions sports in the script or plot, so I want to be certain that the word baseball doesn’t scare you away from this title when you’re looking for a sexy night in.

Right off the bat [heh], Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) takes you through her personal philosophy regarding sex, religion and baseball. I think that most people will be able to decide if this movie is for them by the time she has finished her opening narration. Annie Savoy takes her baseball very seriously and once a year, she becomes romantically linked to a young up-and-comer from the local team, the Durham Bulls. This might seem odd, but her track record is well known and to be chosen by Ms. Savoy is to know that you’re headed for greater things.

However, this older experienced women to young, naive buck dynamic is upset when seasoned player Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is hired as the Durham Bull’s new catcher, specifically to groom the out of control, but talented young pitcher (Tim Robbins). Annie has her eye on both of them as the stars of the team, but Crash is uninterested in her games and leaves her to school the zealous rookie in the ways of baseball and love.

Both Annie and Crash are excellent teachers and by the end of the season, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh becomes the pitcher that everyone was hoping for. However, Annie becomes unsatisfied her choice and is off her game while Crash is in the picture. He represents an intellect and sexual experience equal to hers, but she has committed herself to her instructional affair and suffers through it. The tension builds and eventually explodes.

The dialogue is smart, the comedy sweet and the innuendo hot in this 80s flick. Unlike some movies filmed in the 1980s, the period wardrobe is not too distracting, unless you count the scenes with garters. I never thought I would endorse a “sport comedy romance”, but I not only recommend this as required viewing, it’s a must watch for any intelligent, sexually-confident woman. It always has me crossing my legs until the credits.

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