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The April Fools (1969)

In New York, the newly-promoted Wall Street broker, Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther, to come to his apartment. However, there is a party and Howard feels uncomfortable ... See full summary »

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In New York, the newly-promoted Wall Street broker, Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther, to come to his apartment. However, there is a party and Howard feels uncomfortable and out of place. Ted's wife, Catherine Gunther is amused with Howard and he invites her to have a drink in a club. Howard opens up about his loveless marriage, as does Catherine. When the pair meet Grace and Andre Greenlaw- who've been happily married for many years, they decide to travel to Paris, to start a new life together. Will they leave their marriages behind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He has a wife. She has a husband. With so much in common they just have to fall in love. See more »

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Catherine Deneuve's part was originally intended for Shirley MacLaine. See more »

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Howard Brubaker: You don't understand. It was nothing like that. See, she's... she's a princess and I'm a frog who got changed into a prince.
Ted Gunther: Brubaker...
Howard Brubaker: Now I was a prince at first.
Ted Gunther: That's enough, Brubaker...
Howard Brubaker: But then I got changed into a frog until her kiss.
Ted Gunther: Brubaker, you're not a frog.
Howard Brubaker: Right.
Ted Gunther: As cruel as that may seem in your current state, I want you to recognize that as the truth.
Howard Brubaker: I'm not a frog now. I'm a prince. But I was a frog.
Ted Gunther: Brubaker, repeat this simple sentence after me. "I am not now nor have I ...
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I Remember The Rain
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Likeable
5 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

The April Fools, starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve is a likeable, though not outstanding film. The film, somewhat bereft of a script, deals with Lemmon's character who arrives at his extremely trendy boss's apartment for a social gathering, which, to Lemmon's sheer amazement, is a fully-fledged swinging 60's hip shindig in classic over-40's type psychedelia. Deneuve plays the rather neglected wife of Lemmon's boss and of course the two meet at the party and do a terribly unconvincing job of falling in love. Deneuve, while pretty to look at, strolls through this film acting like she's hanging around for her agent to come up with something better. And in this film Lemmon just doesn't cut it as a romantic interest. The scene stealers are Lemmon's two drunken cohorts.

This film is far more interesting as a time piece, however. It's fun and engaging to watch this film and see how Hollywood was interested in projecting the late '60s high-class psychedelic world. The scene where Jack Lemmon takes Catherine Deneuve to the private club which is completely fitted out like the jungle and features sexy waitresses who slink around in various animal skins, with the only way to attract their attention is to shoot them on the bottom with a cap gun, really does make you marvel at the fact that clubs like this really did exist. Ah! Those were the days....


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