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Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face. Written by
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In the closing scenes Libby is first seen sitting on the left side of the bus talking to her seat mate, then when Herb drives his car up next to the bus on the right side she sees him through the right side window. See more »
[cursing in Spanish]
... and your father too, you shitheel!
No, Jew, but in Brooklyn first we learn Spanish then English
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Dinah Manoff plays the main character of Libby, who goes to Hollywood to find her father who is a screenwriter. She is counting on him to help her launch her career as an actress. Manoff is incredibly cute, but she is very loud, annoying, and shouts nearly all her lines. Someone remarked that her performance is bombastic, and that is an understatement. Dinah Manoff has a lot of charisma, and she certainly was a beautiful young woman, but her whiny dialogue and shouting made it hard to like her!
Walter Matthau plays Dinah Manoff's father, and in 1982 he was about sixty years old, and yet his hair and (very obviously) fake beard are dyed jet black. Matthau is one of my favorite actors, but in this movie he not only looks silly, ridiculous, and pathetic; but he also seems lost. I am not sure if he was having trouble dealing with Manoff's style of acting, but there are scenes where he just stands there staring at her, and then he says his lines without any feeling. His timing is way off in this movie. Matthau had done much better with a young girl as his co-star in The Bad News Bears. Perhaps Dinah Manoff's sexually charged style (she was always wearing cut-off shorts and pushing her breasts in his face) had Matthau bewildered? As others have pointed out, the only actress that seemed to be in control of her role was Ann-Margret, who looked and sounded great in this movie.
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