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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

Steve gets physical....

10/10
Author: Mister-6 from United States
9 October 1999

"All of Me" does the impossible: it takes two great comic talents (Martin, Tomlin) and not only puts them in the same movie but in the same body!

To watch Martin twist, writhe and convulse as he has to house Tomlin's spirit in his body is hilarious enough but to see one start a sentence and another finish it or verbally spar against each other is a pure delight.

Though Tomlin has little to do, she is more of a verbal comedienne while Martin was always more physical and spastic. Their pairing is genius, as this movie proves time and again.

Funny as it is, you'll get caught up in the story, too. Everyone is treated as an individual and gets to contribute thoughts, personalities and at least one good line and/or scene. Libertini is especially funny as a Hindu mystic ("BIG DOPE!").

Catch "All of Me" as soon as possible. You'll love all of it.

Ten stars.

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

One of the Most Delightful Movies of the 80's

9/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
30 June 2003

Yesterday I watched this movie for the 5th or 6th time, now on DVD. Certainly it is one of the most delightful comedies of the 80's. Steve Martin is a lawyer by career and musician by hobby who shares the soul of a selfish millionaire (Lily Tomlin) during an unsuccessful transmigration to the body of the character of Victoria Tennant. The situations are so funny, the magnificent cast is so sharp (specially Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin), that the viewer will certainly love this movie. Please stay watching it until the end of the credits, when you will see Steve Martin falling down while dancing with Lily Tomlin. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Um Espírito Baixou em Mim" ("One Spirit Possessed Me")

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

If you don't like laughing don't see this movie.

10/10
Author: sdpapa from Zakynthos, Greece
6 March 2002

I've seen this film time and time again... can never stop laughing. The plot does stretch it a bit but... who cares? 1 of the 3 best comedies I've seen in my life. If you enjoyed this film try 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' with Steve Martin and Michael Cain.

Be warned, if you don't have a sense of humour don't even think of watching this film, but, on the other hand you do there is nothing like watching Steve Martin in the court room taken over by the other half inside him {who happens to be a woman - Lilly Thomlin}. You'll keel over and, literally, cry from laughter. And if you'd like to pee yourself altogether the scene in the men's room when he's trying to take a leak, and he happens to be right handed, and his right side is the woman's side will, without a doubt, do the trick!

Long live slapstick humour. Steve Martin is a genius at making us laugh. A bit of a modern day Jerry Louis and then some.

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Martin & Tomline make a fine pas de deux!

Author: george.schmidt (gpschmidt67@gmail.com) from fairview, nj
21 February 2003

ALL OF ME (1984) *** Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Madolyn Smith, Richard Libertini, Jason Bernard, Dana Elcar, Selma DIamond. Screwball comedy/fantasy that features Martin's true comic genius as a lawyer who becomes the host for a deceased client's spirit, sharing her persona with hilarious results. Martin's physical movements are a stitch and Tomlin is an able foil as the eccentric lost soul. Directed with flair by Carl Reiner.

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Body Sharing Hilarity - I Loved It!!!

8/10
Author: Codename_Taipan from The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad's Secret Training Camp
20 May 2004

Picture the scene... Eccentric Millionairess discovers she's dying, pays pretty young girl to use her body for her eternal soul, everything goes Pete Tong and her soul ends up in the body of a mild mannered lawyer. Hilarity ensues as the 2 dominant personalities control half of the body each.

This is a great movie, & was made when Steve Martin was still funny (remember "The Man with Two Brains"? In that sort of vein of comedy, not the abortive attempts of LA Story, Sgt Bilko, etc, etc, etc).

Great performances from Steve Martin, Lily Tomlinson is absolutely fantastic & Victoria Tennent as the pretty but evil conniving bitch is great fun to watch.

Not the best comedy of all time, but one of Steve Martin's best movies! Check it out just for the court room scene!!!

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

one of the funniest of the Steve Martin movies

10/10
Author: darbo12 from United States
25 January 2006

All of Me is one of the funniest of the Steve Martin movies. He and Lily Tomlin are matched perfectly for the zany antics that occur in the quest for her spirit to be united with the body of Victoria Tennant. Watch for the opening scenes where Martin tries to control his side of his body as Tomlin controls the other side. The resulting attempts to walk will have you rolling in the aisles. The time that Martin and Tomlin share his body are filled with moments including her having to "tap tap" in the men's room and him wanting her to have erotic thoughts while he is about to have sex with Tennant. Of course her thinking of Clark Gable does nothing for him. The music and the sight gags are all great. A perfectly crafted film. You will not be disappointed. This movie is one of my all time favorite funny movies.

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Two Comic Geniuses At Work...

Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH
15 March 1999

A transcendental blunder forces a lawyer to share his body with the soul of a crotchety heiress. Carl Reiner's finest work as a director combined the finest performances of stars Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. Martin is so good in the role that there are moments that we take him seriously as an actor. This is the kind of performance worthy of attention and for fans of Martin's genius, this is one for the books.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Great Romantic Comedy

9/10
Author: LivingDog from NYC, NY
11 December 2005

This is what Steve Martin is all about - genius comedy. Lily Tomlin is up to the task as his supporting lead love interest. Both put on a great show with a very strong supporting cast.

The basic idea is that Steve Martin's character is a lawyer wanna be musician. He meets a cold distant viscous woman played by Lily Tomlin through rather strange circumstances... let's just say they get close - VERY CLOSE! :) As they hang out together her coldness is shed to bring out a more human side that makes Tomlin's character endearing to him. The entire movie is about Tomlin's character, but Martin shines as the lead role. His genius is evident throughout this movie. (I listened to Willie Nelson's rendition of "All of Me" about 15 times after seeing the movie.) One classic that will endure forever in my opinion. 9/10

-LD

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Absolute Logic in the Ridiculous

8/10
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States
21 October 2010

All of Me shares with a whole heap of wonderful screwball comedies an extremely straightforward method: Employ absolute reason in dealing with the ridiculous. Start with a wacky scenario, set up the rules, and adhere to them. The laughs occur when everyday human nature comes into quarrel with bizarre incidents. Carl Reiner has made a significant contribution to contemporary American comedy, both as a performer and director. Working exclusively in the genre of comedy, his films range from slapstick humor to sophisticated comic parodies of classical Hollywood genres. He chooses to bring other genres to his comedy rather than comedy to other genres.

The plot and its treatment may be light as a feather, but we can relate to virtually all of the intentions of the characters. There is, for instance, the millionaire bachelorette Lily Tomlin, who wants to live forever and thinks she has discovered a way to do that. There is the discontented lawyer Steve Martin, who is distractedly depressed with his work and will do anything to get a promotion, even indulge nut-case clients like Tomlin. There is the wicked Victoria Tennant, who plans to viciously swindle Tomlin, and there is the extraordinarily hilarious Prahka, who innocently expects to transmit Tomlin's soul into a brass pot, and the put it in Tennant's body. There is, nonetheless, a dreadful psychic blunder, and when Tomlin dies, she transmigrates instead into Martin's body.

The second the premise begins to fire off laughs is the second it's executed: the first time Martin has to contend with this foreign female being inside his brain. He keeps command of the left side of his body. She commands the right. They are struggling to cross the sidewalk together, each in their own way, and this sets up a frenzied tug-of-war only a razor-sharp physical comedian like Martin could pull off. Tomlin vanishes into Martin's body, but she does not vanish from the movie. Her reflection can be seen in mirrors, and there is some superb timing concerned with the way they play scenes with one another's mirror images. For another thing, there is a genuine feeling of her presence even when Martin is alone on the screen. And lighthearted as the movie may be, it scores a lot of points by speculating on the ways in which a man and a woman could learn to coexist thusly.

Frankly, even above Martin's masterful antics, my favorite might be Richard Libertini as the indecipherably Indian Prahka, who repeats words he doesn't understand in a tone of complete agreement. Yet, although All of Me is the last of the four Martin/Reiner collaborations, it gives Martin one of his all-time best screen opportunities to highlight his brilliant kind of physical slapstick. Watch Roger/Edwina have a go at walking down the street, or going to the bathroom, or making love with the surprisingly sexy Tennant. Each action is an awe-inspiring exhibition of fractured dexterity. Watch right-side Edwina assume responsibility in a courtroom, as left-side Roger falls asleep and the ever-so-feminine Edwina moves their body in a bizarrely macho swagger. The actor's challenge is hopelessly problematical---Steve Martin playing Lily Tomlin playing Roger Cobb---and superbly accomplished.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Steve Martin Channels Keaton & Chaplin

8/10
Author: Ryan Ellis from Toronto, Canada
1 May 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Steve Martin is one of the great movie comedians of the past 25 years, combining intelligence and pratfalls with the best of 'em. In Carl Reiner's 'All Of Me', he gave us about 10 minutes of some of the most inspired physical comedy ever. The rest of the movie never hits the high point that Martin creates when the spirit of Lily Tomlin invades his body. It's absolutely brilliant and hysterical how he plays this scene. She controls his right side and he controls the left, allowing the wild and crazy guy to literally play a split personality. This is the kind of stuff usually found in the best Chaplin or Keaton.

The plot is just about as absurd as the one in 'The Man With Two Brains' (also starring Martin), although the love story elevates the slapstick. Tomlin's wealthy Edwina Cutwater wants to live on, even though her frail body is about to give out. Victoria Tennant plays Terry, the young woman who will allow a bizarre medicine man (Richard Libertini) to transfer the dying woman's soul into her own body. Martin is Roger Cobb, the put-upon lawyer assigned to tie up the legal loose ends before Edwina croaks. When she dies and the bowl containing her soul somehow bonks Roger in the head, presto, there's that hilarious scene I was talking about.

Many complications ensue. Roger is already facing several crises and sharing his body with a woman he can't stand is too much. Even when Roger and Edwina start to work together, they're not always on the same page. But this is a love story, so you know that they'll go from hating each other to learning to appreciate each other in ways no one else can. 'All Of Me' successfully shifts its tone and even finds a way to be genuinely touching when it's not being foolish.

Is one marvelous sequence enough to recommend a picture? In this case, oh yeah! This is not the quintessential Martin or Tomlin or even Reiner, but they turn Phil Alden Robinson's screenplay into a funny fantasy with some bizarre romantic interludes thrown in. 'All Of Me' is a picture I've always enjoyed, but the DVD is worth owning just for Steve Martin's performance. If you want to see actors elevate material and conjure wonderful moments out of thin air, spend an hour and a half with this movie.

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