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Boy, this was "hot stuff" back when it came out in 1979: I am referring
to both the movie AND Bo Derek!
Actually, Dudley Moore was a box-office star, too. Nobody had heard of
Derek before this, but this film certainly made her an overnight
sensation. She didn't have to say anything in the film, just walk down
a beach. Certainly, the number "10" now had a new meaning in the
Basically, the film is about a guy who spots Derek, and then totally
makes a fool of himself over her. Most guys would have done the same
thing. Moore, making an idiot of himself as "George Webber," provided a
lot of laughs and Bo had to just....well....just let herself be
photographed. Fortunately, in real life, she turned out to be far more
than just some hot- looking bimbo. I've heard her on several talk shows
in recent years, and she's no dummy.....and still looks tremendous.
Meanwhile, Moore, who had some tough physical ailments, really didn't
have a noteworthy career after this film with one exception: Arthur
(1981). The poor man died in 2002.
One forgets that a huge big-name actress co-starred with Moore in this
movie: Julie Andrews. Perhaps a good part of that reason we forget that
is she doesn't play a memorable character. It fact, she's downright
unappealing as Moore's girlfriend "Samantha Taylor."
It's also easy to forget about some of the cultural issues songwriter
"Webber" dealt with, bemoaning the shallowness of the current
generation and its music tastes, and finally realizing his own
shallowness won't lead to happiness just by being with a woman half his
age. There are some profound things to ponder in this film even though
it often concentrates on the slapstick humor angle. As a guy who has
gone through the usual "mid- life" crisis, I would to sympathize with
Webber's dilemmas but since this idiot is drunk half the time and an
extremely self-indulgent person, I found it hard to "root" for him.
Drunks have never been funny to me. So, when I watched this film on VHS
15 years later, it wasn't as fun as the fist time.
Speaking of drinks, Brian Dennehy was excellent as a bartender. I wish
he had played more "nice guy" roles like this during his career,
instead of so many evil and profane villains.
Along with millions of others, I enjoyed the movie 30 years ago, but
now it's kind of sad, too slow and even painful to watch at times. For
those of us who saw in the theater, the film now appears somewhat
dated, but so are all of us, I guess, are dated, too.
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