As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to...
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As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to decide what to do, she meets a handsome attorney, and their innocent flirtation begins to turn into something a bit more serious.Written by
The opening scene of Skylark is hilarious. Claudette catches her husband's pal ordering her anniversary present at a jeweler, since her husband is too busy and nearly forgot. I always like to see Walter Abel in a sizable part, even though in this movie, he gets terribly insulted. He insists not everyone is in an untrusting relationship, and his wife quips back, "Sure I trust you, but look at you!" I don't know why they kept such a mean line in the script, since he's a good-looking man.
But back to the movie: Ray Milland is a workaholic whose wife feels neglected. She's fed up and flirts around with a handsome charmer at a party, Brian Aherne. In the middle of his come-on, Brian correctly assumes that Claudette isn't really interested in him. She wants to "play at meeting him" and then return home grateful for the near-miss. Once challenged, Claudette leans back and says, "Okay, show me the moon." That's not the end of Brian, however. Ray Mi-bland turns out to be too "bland" for Claudette, and she files for divorce while pursuing an affair with the Errol Flynn look-a-like.
This movie is full of funny one-liners, even though I didn't like the way it ended. When they first go out together, Claudette orders her hamburger with onions; Brian orders his without. The waiter rolls his eyes and says, "You might as well order yours 'with', buddy." Later in the movie, when she warms up to the idea of an affair, she smiles at Brian before ordering her hamburger "without". In another scene, Ray argues with Claudette over the monotony of marriage, insisting she can't have ecstasy all the time. It's like eating caviar three times a day, he argues. "If I liked caviar, I'd eat it three times a day," she quips back.
If you like domestic comedies, you'll probably like this one. You've got a beautiful leading lady, a handsome leading man, and a "bland" husband trying to win her back. Just kidding; Ray is a cutie, too. But Brian is the star of the show. He's wise, smooth, and also extremely nice. In other words, he's completely unrealistic!
DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not be your friend. In the end when Claudette is on a boat, the camera bobs and tilts, and that will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"
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