Nothing Personal (1980) Poster

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1/10
Absymal comedy offers nothing...
moonspinner5519 February 2011
Appalled after seeing film of endangered seals in Newfoundland being clubbed to death, pot-smoking, post-hippie college professor Donald Sutherland hires lady lawyer Suzanne Somers to bring cease-and-desist action against the heartless conglomeration responsible. Mixture of good deed-doing, romantic comedy, and wacky car chases fails to add up. Somers, who at this point was still riding a high from TV's "Three's Company", tries out different bits of character business before predictably falling back on her trademark silly faces and girlish squeals. This was a poor choice to jump-start Suzanne's movie career, co-executive produced by both her agent and her husband! Still, Somers is far more watchable than Sutherland, whose slightly sinister, over-enunciated line readings are the polar opposite of romance and slapstick. The biggest mistake here was to feature apparently real footage of actual seals being killed--certainly not the way to begin a comedy! Filmed in Toronto, which explains the presence of Canadian cast members Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, drag performer Craig Russell, David Steinberg, and Catherine O'Hara. * from ****
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2/10
Watch it for the ending!
anth0014 February 2005
Amongst a group of Donald Sutherland devotees, I watched this film with numb awe. That a film could be so incredibly unfunny despite a video cover describing it as a "riotous romantic comedy" was disappointing to say the least. The film contained none of Donald Sutherland's eccentric acting traits, which I enjoy in most of his other performances, and it was hard to recollect exactly which part was "riotous", though my friends and I thought we may have found it. I love films that are so awful that they are great, but his one failed to measure up even to this standard.

Despite this negative opinion, I must still advise anyone with an interest in Donald Sutherland, Suzanne Somers, or bad movies, that one should watch this all the way through, despite the tedium, to appreciate the bizarre and remarkable ending. Even though I could not describe what it is, it is to be seen to be believed. That someone, or some people, at the end of several months work watched this last scene and thought "Yeah, that makes a good ending" defies belief. Watch it for the ending!
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