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An over-the-hill movie producer marries a wealthy, spiteful woman and closeted lesbian just to please his spoiled daughter who then, in an attempt to spite him, seduces both a wealthy playboy and a local screenwriter. Written by
Why are all these Jacqueline Susann soap operas--targeted, ostensibly, at frustrated women--directed by men? Guy Green helms this thing like a farmer driving along in his rusty tractor, and screenwriter Julius J. Epstein dispatches his characters with the careless pen of a hack talent only interested in collecting his paycheck. Deborah Raffin, a painfully-thin, vanilla-flavored virgin with flaxen hair, seems to be saving herself for her chummy papa (Kirk Douglas, looking a little embarrassed); when Dad marries a tough cookie (and part-time lesbian), Raffin finds a hollowed-out older man to care for (David Janssen, also looking embarrassed). Raffin's gal-pal, horny magazine editor Brenda Vaccaro (who in real-life was dating Kirk's son, Michael), has the best lines and received an Oscar nomination, but the movie just doesn't move. It dawdles along looking an awful lot like a tacky magazine spread for old lady jewelry. When Epstein gets tired of a character (or two, as with Douglas and Alexis Smith), he throws in a plot-twist, unconcerned with the ridiculousness of the results. His facetious ending, accented with cooing chorus, makes the whole thing seem like a pointless potboiler. ** from ****
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