Essentially Your Show of Shows backstage, so an 80s Dick Van Dyke Show. O'Toole is great, as always, but this film suffers from an overall shmaltzy feel that hampers its best moments. I think in the hands of a better director, and some minor casting changes, this couldve been an all time great, as the script is near flawless. Sadly, what it is is just a fun film to pass the time with. 3 stars
Solid, well written comedy that makes making a solid, well written comedy seem easy. There are so many fine character parts that it's hard to say who’s the star. Of course there's Peter O'Toole but he only plays the star. The cornucopia of comedy includes so many well blended styles it amounts to a lexicon of laughter: slapstick, sarcasm, deadpan, bathroom and more. There's even a few bits of heartwarming schmaltz.