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Three separate stories concerning relationship issues are presented, each largely taking place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In story one, suburban New Yorkers Sam and Karen Nash are spending the night in the hotel as their house is being painted, but more importantly for Karen because it is their twenty-"something" wedding anniversary, the hotel where they spent their honeymoon. While Karen wants to recreate the romance that she remembers of their wedding night, Sam is preoccupied with business matters. But it is other issues that highlight their fundamental differences that may demonstrate if they will make it to twenty-something plus one. In story two, womanizing Hollywood movie producer Jesse Kiplinger has exactly two hours free during his whirlwind stay in New York, which he wants to fill with a quickie. Of the many women he calls, the first to agree to meet at his suite is his old hometown flame, married Muriel Tate. Muriel, who knows what Jesse wants, he who... Written by
Each act is set in Suite 719. In Act 3, Ed Hubley goes out on the ledge outside the suite's window. However in the final shot of The Plaza it is clear that the ledge is outside the fourth floor (not the seventh floor). See more »
[coaxing his wife while she's on the phone]
Shtall em, shtall em. Just keep shtalling em. Whatever you do shtall em!
[on the phone to the wedding reception]
Yes Mrs. Eisler we'll be down in two minutes.
Are you crazy?! I told you to shtall em!
Norma Hubley [innocently]:
I did stall them - you've got two minutes.
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Some of the other comments here are critical - but several others wax enthusiastically over this presentation as being funny, witty, incisive, with a real, meaningful message. I thought it to be the opposite - and ironically, considering its author, that all three segments were virtually equally mediocre.
Babe Ruth went 0-for-4 sometimes, and there probably were shows where Sinatra was flat or Pavarotti's voice broke. Same for Simon here.
Walter Matthau made an art of playing the brash, devious, often smarmy, unctuous character on the right side of the line between funny and annoying. All three of his characters here were far onto the wrong side.
The movie producer, out to seduce an old high school flame, now settled and married (and way down in his "black book") was the epitome of smarmy/unctuous/phony).
The unhappy, successful businessman/husband, was the epitome of the chauvinistic, self-absorbed middle-age baboon.
And the father of the bride for the plush wedding party gone awry (even back then, an event like this would have been way up into five figures at The Plaza), was pretty much a one-dimensional loudmouth oaf.
The two wives, and high school classmate were played by three excellent actresses, with each character weak, unimaginative and one-dimensional. The daughter/fiancé in the wedding were as uninteresting and unsympathetic as her parents and his future in-laws.
Finally, without exception, every single one of these persons was annoying. This movie's tape is a time capsule example of the word "annoying."
Mark it three stars only for the technicality that it should be noted each segment rates only 1*.
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