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This has been a huge favorite in our family for years. I remember seeing it premiere on NBC back in '78.
Charles Grodin is the perfect straight man to Louise Lasser's "Crazy Jane" character. These two are complete opposites, but such couples do exist, and in real life they do fall in love, such as the ending to the story. There are several fine moments in the film, but my absolute favorite is the "Drive-thru" scene. This is where Lasser takes over the driving on this cross-country trip, and with Grodin in the passenger seat, decide to get some fast food by going to a Jim Dandy drive-thru. I knew back in '78 when I first saw it that this was a classic moment in TV history, as Lasser, whose character has never order at a "drive-thru" before, asks "Do you have anything diet?"
There isn't any one hysterical moment in the film, but throughout there are some real rib ticklers. Like when Lasser and Grodin have just had a fight, and with Lasser in the back seat with her arms crossed, a radio program is heard in which a super low voiced transexual discusses "her" new dress with a Peter Pan collar. Lasser's giggles are infectious, and soon the two ma ke up. Another highlight is when Lasser and Grodin order breakfast at a Denny's type restaurant, and Jane keeps changing her order with the waitress (Julia Bovasso). Very funny stuff.
Obviously this movie isn't for everyone, but it's a classic amongst its followers.
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