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The War Between Men and Women (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 1972 (Sweden)
2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to ... See full summary »

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2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to plunge into a relationship right now. It's not love at first sight - both have their eyes dilated, plus Peter constantly lampoons women in his work, which book seller Theresa knows well. Loosely based on James Thurber's drawings "The War Between Men and Women," and Thurber's life, the film features animated sequences.

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Any man who hates dogs, women and children can't be all bad!

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Guerra entre hombres y mujeres  »

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The Doubleday book store window features among its books on display: "How To Make A Jewish Movie." This non-fiction book was written by director Melville Shavelson, and details the making of the film "Cast A Giant Shadow," which he also directed. See more »

Quotes

Theresa Alice Kozlenko: Come on, Mr. Wilson. You know the venom in your drawings is only a pose.
Peter Edward Wilson: A pose? I hate women even when I'm on vacation.
Theresa Alice Kozlenko: Then why is this man on your cover bringing the woman a flower?
Peter Edward Wilson: It's fiction.
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You And Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
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Not a masterpiece, but Jack Lemmon and Lisa Gerritsen are good
17 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Peter Wilson is a cartoonist who doesn't want to admit he is going blind. So he memorizes the eye chart, and when his eye doctor uses a different chart, he accuses the doctor of being unethical. In the lobby after his eyes have been dilated and he is wearing dark glasses, he trips over Terry. Later, he and Terry meet when Peter has broken his glasses and almost gets run over trying to cross the street. Terry takes Peter home and he meets her children. Possible romance?

Peter's work goes downhill after he gets interested in Terry. The proof: his book gets taken out of the front window at the bookstore where Terry works and replaced with her ex-husband's book of war photography. Still, the relationship progresses, and most of the rest of the movie has funny moments involving Terry's children and pregnant dog, and the return of Terry's ex. Toward the end the movie takes a serious turn, but that's okay because the characters are so likeable they don't have to be funny all the time.

Peter's drawings come to life several times in the movie, including in the opening credits. There are several really good scenes where the drawings are animated, including one where Peter and Terry's ex have gotten too friendly for Terry to be comfortable with the situation and the two men have had too much to drink. A 'real' war breaks out. There is also a great scene with Terry's middle child Linda, where Peter's drawings have taken on a different meaning. Several fantasy scenes are quite funny, including one where Peter's sloppy apartment looks perfect for a change (then reality comes back and it's more like Oscar Madison's place; a real ironic twist considering Lemmon is the neat one in 'The Odd Couple').

This isn't one of Lemmon's best movies, but it's not bad. And Lisa Gerritsen is quite good. I don't recall her having a speech impediment, but it seems to be an important part of her character, and she does it really well.

This movie may have children in it, but younger children maybe shouldn't see some of the more risque material. It's quite tame compared to today's movies.


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