"This is a very enjoyable comedy, starring the irrepressible Whoopi Goldberg in the role of Edwina "Eddie" Franklin, the widow of a New York City police officer. Following in her late husband's footsteps, she coaches basketball for inner city kids. She is also the number one fan for the New York Knicks, a team that, despite the talent on it, can't seem to win a game. Eddie loves the team, no matter what, and can be seen high up in the rafters of every Knicks game, rabidly and raucously cheering them on. When "Eddie" wins the honorary coach for the day contest at one of the Knicks' games, she manages to get thrown off the court by the head coach (Dennis Farina), when she protests a ref's call. This causes the fans to go wild, chanting her name as she leaves the court. When the head coach for the Knicks gets fired by the team's owner, Wild Bill Burgess (Frank Langella in a ten gallon hat), he hires "Eddie" as an interim head coach, as it seems that fans of the Knicks love "Eddie" and respond to her very positively. After all, she was one of them. Burgess, however, has no expectations of "Eddie's" ability to coach the team. "Eddie", however, aims to do everything she can to bring the Knicks out of their slump. For her, this is a dream come true.This is a feel good sort of movie. Whoopi is very funny , as she goes about setting right what has gone wrong with the team. Frank Langella is terrific as the deal making team owner whose folksy manner belies the fact that he has his eye on the bottom line. Dennis Farina is credible as the head coach with a mouth as big as his monumental ego. While the film is fairly predictable, it is quite enjoyable. The viewer is also treated to a few fun cameos by Donald Trump, sports announcer Marv Alpert, and former NBA star, Walt Frazier. If you are not a big fan of basketball, however, deduct one star from my rating."
She Got Game!
Gregor von Kallahann | 08/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that after her screen successes in THE COLOR PURPLE and GHOST, Whoopi Goldberg suddenly could do no right in Hollywood. Leastwise when she had a starring role. Well, give her SISTER ACT, but that was followed by a string of critical and commercial duds--silly comedies mostly, but also schmaltzy dramas. She did acquit herself well in cameo roles for prestige directors like Altman, but overall, she struggled. Like Bette Midler before her, she was finding that her larger-than-life persona somehow had trouble translating to the big screen.
Which may say more about the state of the movies than about either Midler or Goldberg.
So when I finally got around to viewing EDDIE recently, I did not have high hopes for the film. Recuperating from surgery and suffering through a too long, too hot summer, I just wanted some lighter fare. In that sense, EDDIE proved to be a pleasant surprise. Sure it was kind of predictable, and as many have observed, it pretty much derails by the midway point. But Whoopi Goldberg as the Knicks fan-turned-coach gives a spirited, touching performance. Her initial awkward moments with team members ring true enough. The ways that attempts to reach out to team members range from the plausible (providing ad hoc marriage counseling to one) to the highly unlikely (learning enough Russian to begin to bridge the cultural and linguistic gap of a Russian born player).
The contrived, feel-good ending (sort of a MS. DEEDS STAYS IN NEW YORK) brings the film down several notches on the origniality scale. But Whoopi Goldberg gives it all she's got--as does the rest of the cast. They wind up giving the movie pretty much all the appeal that it's got.
Maybe that's part of the problem. Hollywood may figure that if it gives us enough star power, we won't notice the stultifying lack of originality. But Goldberg's post-GHOST career pretty much proves them wrong. Star wattage only gets you so far. EDDIE could have been a much better vehicle for Goldberg. She's game. Too bad the moviemakers were not.
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 01/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Manhattan limousine driver Edwina "Eddie" Franklin lives and breathes basketball. Her world revolves around Madison Square Garden, home of her beloved, albeit in last place, New York Knicks. She knows all there is to know about the team. She knows the players. She knows the coaches. She knows every statistic in the book. But what she never could have imagined is that hitting a free throw during a half-time contest would completely change her life. Whoopi does it once again. Eddie is hilarious, a truly great movie."
A woman in basketball.
T. Davis | East Coast, Virgina, USA | 12/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like comedy, basketball and drama? Like to laugh, see the soft side of a coach as well as seeing the bad guys lose? Buy this film and you'll get all of this and more. It's a great vehicle for the talents of Whoopie and a few cameos of some players[I believe]. Great entertainment for all."
Campy and predictable
Jay T. Baker | Planet New York City | 02/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"not bad though. Good fun only as Whoopi seems to be able to pull off. And any age can watch it."