Sully is a rascally ne’er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker’s compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl’s young wife Toby.
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In this film Benton has more fully absorbed his auteurist influences: the male camaraderie he evokes in Nobody’s Fool is unmistakably akin to what we find in Howard Hawks movies, yet it never smacks of self-conscious homage.
This is a nice little film featuring another great performance from Paul Newman as a man with several faults trying to get it right for once. The supporting characters are equally great with Bruce Willis trading hits with Newman, Dylan Walsh as the son Newman never knew, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a Barneyfife type.