Maybe this film isn't Spotlight or Absence of Malice, but it is very enjoyable as a film noir journalism film set in steamy Miami before Miami was so commercialized. Mariel Hemingway, who's grandfather lived 3.5 hours away in Key West, is fantastic and gorgeous. Kurt Russell leads a strong cast of Richards who all deliver memorable performances. The scenery alone is worth the watch. The Mean Season deserves to be on the list of best Journalism films with The Year of Living Dangerously, All The Presidents Men, Spotlight, The Post, The Killing Fields, Absence of Malice and Broadcast News. If you love Miami or a good noir - see it.