Holly Hunter is adorable as Jane Craig, a super-hyper, control-freak news producer, and she falls for empty-headed, handsome and up-and-coming anchor William Hurt, who plays Tom Grenick. This is much to the chagrin of Albert Brooks's character Aaron Altman, a hard-working reporter who is best friends with Jane; he also is in love with her himself.
The backdrop is the high-stakes world of network television news, and although the technology has changed since the mid 1980's when this was made, the politics and the cut-throat environment are still exactly the same. There are some very funny moments, including Brooks's hilarious attempt to anchor the weekend newscast. Ultimately, network cutbacks send Aaron, Jane and Tom their separate ways. There's a brief epilogue which takes place seven years later, when Tom is now the prime-time network news anchor. It's bittersweet, as both he and Aaron are married and Jane is involved with a new beau; the three of them are together for a moment, and there are still feelings from both men toward Jane (and vice-versa, to a degree).
The three stars give very strong performances in this film, and the network news background is on the money. Robert Prosky (who starred in "Hill Street Blues" at the time) does a good job with his bit part as the executive producer, although Jack Nicholson was miscast as network anchor--it's a bit part, so I'm not sure why a major star like Nicholson was chosen, and although he's a remarkable actor, it just doesn't work. On the whole, a very good film...between four and five stars. The DVD looks good and sounds fine, although there are no extras.