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The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)

R | | Comedy | 25 June 1968 (USA)
A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage.

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A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage.

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Watch with an open mind and an open heart
6 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I fell in love with Anne Jackson in this movie--neurotic, insecure, wise and wonderful. She comes to meet the Movie Star, played by Walter Matthau, she touches through his celebrity to his humanity, and he finds something like real love. The movie is sexy, witty, wise, and enjoyable.

Another reviewer complains that nothing happens. Why should something happen? Do I take it my fellow review needs explosions and sex? Why can't a movie just show us what is without changing anything? Why can't a movie be about a middle-aged woman coming to know that not only is there nothing wrong with being a middle-aged housewife, but there is something absolutely wonderful about being a middle-aged housewife! Sorry, no nudity, no sex, no murders, no explosions, no CG, no FX. Just some wonderful acting and interacting, some great lines, some true wit, some real wisdom. I commend wisdom to all viewers. It's out there, it's worth finding! Watch this movie.


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