Who liked this movie?
I happened to catch this movie while I was in college in 1991. At the time, I only saw the ending, but it really piqued my interest b/c the last scene where Tom Hanks is pushing a wheel-chair-bound Jackie Gleason down a hospital corridor through a windowed overpass was actually filmed where I was born -- Northwestern Memorial Passavant Hospital in Chicago.
Years later, I l saw Nothing in Common in its entirety on video, and while I liked some parts of it -- mostly b/c of its numerous Chicago location shots -- I agree that overall the film exuded the same type of low production value reminiscent of network television soap operas and made-for-TV movies. The overlaid 80's soundtrack, for example, gave this movie a sappy feel and maudlin quality, which was inexcusably tres gauche, IMO.
Tom Hanks was great, as usual, in his reprisal of the sympathetic "everyman" role that has now become his trademark, and I believe this was Jackie Gleason's last performance. Sela Ward, however, is the number one reason to see this film, as she is from beginning to end the unequivocal scene stealer.
Not only is Sela Ward hot hot hot, Ward brought a certain amount of authenticity in her portrayal of a advertising executive in the big city. Long before Ward became a model and began her acting career, Ward, who majored in advertising at Ole' Miss, was a real-life advertising copywriter for an ad agency on Madison Avenue in the late 70's and early 80's. Regardless, Ward's drop-dead gorgeousness did not detract from her believability as the cutthroat yuppie executive, Cheryl Ann Wayne, by one iota. Great Chicago references though, e.g., Wrigley Field, location shoots in neighborhood pubs, downtown scenes, etc.