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A Hollywood lyricist goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

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Forty-two year old famed composer/playwright George Webber is going through a midlife crisis. He is seriously dating thirty-eight year old actress/singer Samantha Taylor, who he loves, although he admits their connection is more intellectual than it is emotional. She, in turn, loves him, despite barely tolerating his often infantile behavior. This behavior includes spying on a neighbor's sexual encounters with a wide array of women, this spying about which the neighbor knows, as he does it himself. Driving one day, George spots a young woman who he believes is the most beautiful creature he's ever seen - an "eleven" on a scale of ten, tens which he didn't believe existed before her. Beyond the fact that she is probably half his age, a problem with George's infatuation is that she is just off to her own wedding. George and Sam's relationship takes a hit with an argument which is further exacerbated by a series of misunderstandings. As such, George decides to pursue the woman of his ... Written by Huggo

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A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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5 October 1979 (USA)  »

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10 - La mujer perfecta  »

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Trivia

The name of one of George Webber (Dudley Moore)'s stage productions that he had composed the music for was the Show Boat (1936) title-sounding "Dreamboat". See more »

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Shadow of a helicopter following George Webber when he drives on the highway. See more »

Quotes

George Webber: I was in the Royal Air Force as a matter of fact.
Bill Collins: I thought you had to be English to be in that.
George Webber: You do.
Bill Collins: You an English fella, huh?
George Webber: Mm-hmm.
Bill Collins: [after long reflection] That's all right.
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Crazy Credits

When the credits of the cast begins to scroll up and out of the iris of the telescope's view to George and Samantha's inside penthouse, only the members of the cast are seen and not their characters they played. See more »


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Boléro
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Music by Maurice Ravel
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A Very Melancholy Comedy
23 January 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

"10" (4 outta 5 stars) Kind of weird seeing this movie again after 20 years. When I first saw it I was just a kid in my early 20s and now I am older than the character Dudley Moore plays in this movie... a cranky, disillusioned composer going through a mid-life crisis. Dang, I never had one of those at 40... does this mean I'm overdue? Anyway, flawed as this movie is, it is still a classic. It's generally considered a "comedy" but the most effective scenes are the quieter, more melancholy scenes. (The scene where Moore plays the piano in the bar for Dee Wallace gets me every time.) This is probably the best role of Moore's career... he's able to come across as sympathetic even while acting like a jerk for most of the movie. It's the supporting performances by Julie Andrews, Dee Wallace, Robert Webber and Brian Dennehy that really give the movie its depth. Thankfully, Bo Derek doesn't really have to do any acting, so she doesn't throw the movie too much out of whack. The movie seems a lot sadder to me these days... though I thought it was hysterically funny 25 years ago.


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