2 1/2 Stars
To call any Burt Reynolds’ movie a ‘vanity project’ would be missing the point, that’s exactly what they are intended to be. At least here, Reynolds gets a chance to work with his favorite director, himself. The Man from Left Field is a TV-Movie that was shot primarily on the star’s large compound in Jupiter, Florida. This eager to please feature is an often charming little story about a mysterious man, who literally appears in left field, that coaches a team of misfits into a little league all-star squad. I think there was a longer version of the screenplay at one point, scenes feel alternately rushed and over-long, and the Reynolds’ character’s back story is oddly missing.