A movie with such talent as Ted Danson (Cheers, Bodyheat) and Mary Steenburgen seems bound for critical and commercial success. But when the actors try to portray a character that is out of their creative range, the movie falls apart. Washington Bellamy (Danson) is a nutty elementary school science teacher, with a shut-in wife (Steenburgen) who hasn't left the house in seven years, and a eleven year old son (Ryan Todd) that has never taken a ride in an automobile. The year was 1969, Bellamy, as was the rest of America, is captivated with the voyage of the Apollo XI to the moon. Bellamy calculates that the mileage on his 1949 Pontiac Chief needs only 1776 miles before the mileage on the odometer is the exact same distance to the moon. Bellamy and his son run away without Mrs. Bellamy knowing. He has timed the car trip to reach the Spires of the Moon in Idaho right at the time the lunar module is landing on the moon. But this turns out not to be such an easy trip. They meet trouble on the highway, argue with one another, getting into a brawl at a restaurant, taking along an Indian recluse, and hide from the law.
Danson's acting is sour, trying to hard to act serious. This is the rough post-Cheers, pre-Becker era in his career, taken along this project just to stay in the spotlight as long as he can. Steenburgen is pathetic as a agoraphobic, over dramatizing every line. Other than those two, as well as Todd, the movie is filled with unknown actors, accumulating one of the worst acting performances of a cast in a movie, ever. The story overall is good, but the acting just plain and simple ruined it for me. From the backside, I wish Danson would have never taken off that toupee.