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If you had a choice...
Would you rather love a girl, or have her love you?
I want it mutual.
I mean if you couldn't have it mutual.
You mean would I rather be the one who loves, or is loved?
It's not that easy a question. But, I think I'd rather be in love.
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You hang on every word of this lively, honest script by cartoonist Jules Feiffer.
Its a wry, often funny, often sombre drama about the sex lives of two college roommates, Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel (who's actually fine in this - much better than in Catch-22) - at college, and in middle age.
There are really very few movies where the dialogue seems so true and searching, yet funny, that you hang on every word. I can only think of a few
and this is one of them.
It is episodic, and may be broken into two halves - intentionally, importantly. The heart of the story is in the comparison of the first half and the second: how the two men have or have not changed. If you consider this is the purpose of the film, the two halves are not perfect - but nevertheless a fascinating film.
Bitterness, nostalgia and melancholy run through this character comedy from the 70's. Its a frank, confronting (depending on the viewer) laying bare of sex. Though there is very little actual sex in the film, this one is definitely only for adults. A penetrating character study, and a richly worded film filled with wit, irony and character penetration by cartoonist Jules Feiffer.
9/10. Not perfect, but absolutely must-see.
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