Buddy Cooper Finds A Way Pet funerals, faked amnesia, clairvoyant visions on QVC, a minor-league pro wrestler who hears Jesus through his hearing aid another who swears heaven sounds like… Buddy Cooper Finds A Way Pet funerals, faked amnesia, clairvoyant visions on QVC, a minor-league pro wrestler who hears Jesus through his hearing aid another who swears heaven sounds like… 2004-07-01 Fiction
Book Review

Buddy Cooper Finds A Way (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 01, 2004; Writer: Neil O'Boyle Connelly; Genre: Fiction

Pet funerals, faked amnesia, clairvoyant visions on QVC, a minor-league pro wrestler who hears Jesus through his hearing aid another who swears heaven sounds like Patsy Cline, and a stadium-size asteroid heading directly for Earth. Yeah, there's much to ''Buddy Cooper'' that lands just this side of bizarre, but somehow it all makes a silly kind of sense. Connelly's titular hero -- a perpetually losing wrestler dubbed the Unknown Kentucky Terror -- delivers an endearing mix of self-effacement, wonder, warmth, downtrodden despair, and fury that's both comic and chilling. In fact, his storytelling hand is so steady that we almost forget that it's really just your basic ne'er-do-well father-and-ex-husband redemption tale, albeit one with a cameo by Patrick Swayze.

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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