Teenage Kim is in love with her father, Victor, a middle class L.A. businessman who's sleeping with her peer, Jean, while Victor's wife is sleeping with a local novelist. Kim seduces Victor'... Read allTeenage Kim is in love with her father, Victor, a middle class L.A. businessman who's sleeping with her peer, Jean, while Victor's wife is sleeping with a local novelist. Kim seduces Victor's business partner, Ted, to get to Victor.Teenage Kim is in love with her father, Victor, a middle class L.A. businessman who's sleeping with her peer, Jean, while Victor's wife is sleeping with a local novelist. Kim seduces Victor's business partner, Ted, to get to Victor.
The libidinous sexual shenanigans of a middle-class Californian family, and deftly explores themes such as marital discord, middle age, adultery, search for one's self, and incestuous desire. Victor is a bored, married businessman carrying on an illicit affair with his attractive, new age girlfriend Jean. His sexually-frustrated, vivacious wife Adele involves herself with community civic meetings to do 'something' for the community. Victor and Adele's nubile nineteen-year-old daughter Kim, has a secret attraction to her father of which she cannot let go. As she cannot have her father, she takes up with a man of the same age, her father's business associate Ted. At one of her civic meetings Adele bonds with her neighbor, pipe-smoking sex novelist Les, and has an affair with him, albeit with ambivalence. Events reach a head when Victor and Jean bump into Kim, and her older lover at a health/new age resort. The pairing of Kim and Ted causes a falling out of the two men, and for Victor to reassess his relationship to the spirited Jean. —Wiki
Not so hot
I haven't seen this movie since it appeared in theaters. I've never heard of its being on TV. But I feel compelled to make some comment about it for the guidance of others if it ever does show up in public. The story involves a kind of triangle, as I recall, involving an older man, a younger woman (O'Neill), and another young woman with whom the guy has some sort of avuncular relationship (Dierde Lenehan, who was being heard of at the time). O'Neill is beautiful and has some racy lines and a nice swim scene. She represents rejuvenation. Lenehan is less striking, and is jealous of the other woman. The story is uninvolving, both because the line is loosely constructed and the acting is poor. It's well photographed, but that's about it. There are a number of flashy directorial intrusions. I remember it -- to the extent that I do -- partly because of the final shot. It's a freeze frame of Lenehan's bare foot on a carpeted staircase. The film simply sits on this frame for a few seconds then slowly moves in on this bare foot, the image growing grainier and grainier. The first effective use of a final freeze that I am aware of is in Truffaut's "The Four Hundred Blows." A distraught young boy, having just done something despicable, runs away from his parents to a wintry beach. He races along the sand in circles, without direction, and the film freezes on a frame in which he is staring into the camera with an anguished expression. It's effective because it is the remorseful face of a budding criminal, an ambiguous image, staring at the audience as if they were members of a jury about to pass judgment on him. Dierdre Lenehan's foot is nothing more than Dierde Lenehan's foot. On the plus side this movie does have Jennifer O'Neill exclaiming about how many erections the older fellow managed. But it's not worth wading through the whole thing to hear those lines. Skip it.
- Jan 24, 2003
Contribute to this page
Suggest an edit or add missing content