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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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Donald
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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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5 October 1979 (USA)  »

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10 - La mujer perfecta  »

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Trivia

Sam J. Jones played David Hanley, husband of Jenny Hanley. Ironically, Jones's next role was Bo Carlson in the tele-movie Stunts Unlimited (1980). Jones played a character in his next film who had the same first name as his co-star in this movie. See more »

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

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George Webber: Doesn't he do anything except swim and jog on the beach?
Hugh: Oh yes! He makes me happy. So I let him swim and jog on the beach.
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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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Soundtracks

I Have an Ear for Love
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Max Showalter (uncredited)
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Fabulous film
3 March 2002 | by (Wichita, Kansas, USA) – See all my reviews

There is an old saying, "Be careful of what you ask for, you might get it". But men will be men, and when Dudley Moore sees the beautiful Bo Derek, he is compelled to follow her to Mexico. I suspect most of us men have had the same impulse, though I doubt very many of us have taken it to the extreme that Dudley Moore does here.

I could have done without the slapstick, and I didn't care for Julie Andrews as Moore's girlfriend. One wonders why he would stay with such an unappealing woman, regardless of what happens with his pursuit of Bo Derek.

But those annoyances aside, this is a wonderful film, full of good performances. Brian Dennehy is great as the bartender; the scene in which Dudley Moore sits down and starts ordering doubles is wonderful. Dennehy plays the bartender to perfection, not volunteering too much information, but being accessible to the customer as needed, just like a good bartender is supposed to do. And then after some rapport has been established, he does volunteer a nice compliment to Moore which the viewer is glad to hear.

Moore, after all, is a lovable character, just like he was in Arthur", and we root for him and want him to find whatever it is that will make him happy. And his anguish is not limited to his urge to connect up with a beautiful young woman. He is also anguished by the kind of music kids nowadays are listening to. He realizes he is not at home in a culture in which a young couple can say that "our song" is "Why Don't We Do It in the Road". Having reached this understanding, he can then understand also how he could never be happy with a woman half his age.


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