If you’re interested in beautiful Italian women of the 1960s type, then it’s quite justifiable to use two hours of your life for this. Except for the beauties - and Mastroianni as the protagonist - there’s not much to see here. The film has an overall comic feel but don’t expect funny jokes or clever script. A movie for a lazy day when you want to give your brain a rest.
Marcello is like a BMW. You can put him in a Fellini film, and he's a racecar. Or you can run him on back roads in the dirt and the mud like this movie. This type of movie is an atrocious waste of his talent. And it just seems to go on forever. Oscar nominee for best screenplay? The standards obviously weren't that high as 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' was also nominated.
Some films should not be watched twice. This one is a fairly good example. Saw it when I was 6 or 7, on TV. Was blown away by it. Seeing it again and on film, showed me a new film, but a disappointing one at that. When I first saw it, seemed so very sexual. Presently it found it to be almost shy. I dunno. I guess some films are better off reminded. It was great seeing Marco Ferreri acting though, and I loved the sets