A wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician. Since the girl has only six weeks or less ... See full summary »
Mary Tyler Moore,
The clinical term that Sigmund Freud (Alec Guinness) described Dr Saul Benjamin (Dudley Moore) as was "nutsiefagen". This is a real joke slang clinical term, but spelled differently to the DVD's subtitling spelling. The Urban Dictionary says 'Nutsy Fagan' is "...when someone is in a situation with another someone who is acting completely out of sorts (nuts, loony, berserk)and can sometimes, if successful, make the people around them embarrassed or disgusted". See more »
Here I was, in the middle of an obscene phone call, and I thought of you.
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Marshall Brickman attempts something comedic, fanciful and yet high-brow with "Lovesick"...and the different genres prove to be an uneasy mix. Dudley Moore, who at this point was churning out more bombs than WWII, plays the most unconvincing psychiatrist I have ever seen; his rapport with Alec Guinness (a fantasy Freud) has a tidy bounce, and John Huston works minor magic as the head of the medical board, but Moore is continually unsure of himself. Elizabeth McGovern tries hard as the object of Moore's lovesickness, but she isn't really suited to this kind of material--nor is she suitable for Dudley Moore, just as Mary Tyler Moore was wrong for him in "Six Weeks" and Mary Steenburgen looked out of place in the later "Romantic Comedy". The picture has a poor, cheap look, with blurry beiges and whites typical of the staid early-'80s, and I couldn't wait until it was over. *1/2 from ****
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