Maybe I didn't fully understand the reasons for all the praise, but the cringey and perpetually unhappy protagonist is so immature, that all his crap, I admit, is kinda funny and entertaining. Shepherd is gorgeous as always, but portrays Kelly in her own subtle way which makes her more than just a pretty face.
35mm. From the period that Bacharach and David were creating jewels and that Neil Simon was a reference playwright, a film that, although more modest from a point of view of formal boldness, takes advantage and develops with immense pleasure the performance of an organic visual writing with actors, as Cassavetes defined. With Shepherd's sheer beauty and talent and Grodin's unsurpassable slow mood.
Takes all the bits from the traditional romantic comedy (klutz lead guy, hot 'other' babe, disapproving father, lovely but uncultured wife) and does things with them that are fresher, funnier, more biting and more affecting than anything being done in the genre 43 years later. Even if Charles Grodin's performance got all the acclaim and praise it deserves, it still wouldn't be enough.
Las escenas entre el señor Corcoran y Lenny son verdaderamente hilarantes. Cybill Sheperd, probablemente, nunca ha salido tan hermosa, encantadora y ligeramente "bitch" como en esta película. Sin embargo, la película dista mucho de estar lograda por culpa de una dirección a veces carente de ritmo y un montaje algo desmañado y torpe.
This film could have been so much better if it were a short that ened right after the scene where Lenny meets Kelly on the beach. Lenny's disgust of his wife climaxes, and then he encounters the woman of his dreams whose appearance is obscured by the glow of sunlight surrounding her. Perfect.
Another disappointment a la (the superior) Goodbye, Columbus and yet another film supposedly as good as The Graduate. Some nice sun-burned photography here, but not enough to save the silliness. Grodin borders on a sub-par Steve Martin and is totally unsympathetic. After this and Mickey and Nicky. I've given up on Elaine May.
May is one of my favorite directors. Great film. There's so much to say about this - most of us don't know what we are doing or why we are doing it. But, it may have something to do w/ the deep programming of insisting on having our "best" version of life regardless of consequences. Like the graduation speech: "go out there and get exactly what you want, dont let anyone stand in your way". Is that really a good idea?