While the direct references to Bringing Up Baby are bit too much (I was half expecting a leopard any moment), the film does find its own diverting feet. Somehow simultaneously quite 30s & very 70s. Also, who knew Streisand made such a good manic pixie girl . . ?
35mm, rewatched. A great example of Bogdanovich's crazy little thing called cinephilia and San Francisco's photogeny. As in a Feydeau's play, a syncronization of gags in space, of its rigorous framing and editing. Better than this just McCarey's "Duck Soup', Tashlin's "Disorderly Orderly" or some Lewis films, and just because they were first, the origin of this laughing mad world. Cartoonish screwball at its best.
Anarchy will deliver us all from tidy lives of misery. A madcap whip-smart farce relentless in its execution of gags both visual and verbal that shows a San Francisco in the midst of an identity crisis following the uncharitable end of the hippy era. The trouble that arises from a live-action film patterned after the Looney Tunes canon is that the pace is noticeably slower simply due to actors' corporeal limitations.
Once you come to peace with sometimes annoyingly cartoonish characters and their stories, it offers moments of lovable screwball, well dosed slapstick, and a mishmash of charming influences/homages from Hitchcock to Brooks. Although it's excited more than it is exciting, "Doc" is still a slice of 70's vintage and a filmmaker's heartfelt ode to personal heroes.
2nd of Bogz' trilogy of blockbusters from the 70s, doc has some really funny gags and a serviceable plot to deliver those gags. Babs is the star of the show and I don't think she's ever been sexier. And I don't think Kahn has ever been more annoying. A great film not quite a classic, at least that's one mans opinons, mine. 70s icon and OG SNL mainstay buck Henry wrote script with 2 other maroons.