I love random comedies from the 70’s and Between the Lines is definitely a random and very 70’s film. If an idea like Between the Lines were brought up for a film today, it would surely be made into a TV show instead. There’s a lot of films like that from past decades, but I’m really scared to admit that comedic films are dwindling and decreasing in value these days. With the circumstances we are currently living in, it will only be harder for comedy to be put up on the big screen.
Between the Lines tells the story of a Boston alternative newspaper called The Back Bay Mainline. The writers that work there focus on telling different stories from different perspectives and we can clearly see that the old days used to be more authentic. During the film, The Back Bay Mainline is going through critical changes that will change the course of the paper forever. The employees have to sort of rally together to stand up for their work.
There isn’t really a main character in Between the Lines, but instead it’s a glimpse into multiple lives being lived, mostly at their newspaper office. John Heard and Jeff Goldblum both do a pretty damn good job as two of the head writers, Harry and Max. Goldblum has been so well aware of his own charisma for so damn long now and I think he’s the standout in this film. If you like random comedies or newspapers, then check this 70’s flick out.