Comedy / Romance
Comedy / Romance
Toni Simmons believes that the only reason her married lover won't leave his wife is because of the children. In truth, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn't have any children. In fact, Julian doesn't even have a wife - he just tells women he does to avoid getting involved. When Julian does decide to take the plunge with Toni she insists on meeting the first wife and Julian enlists the aid of his long-time nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson to play the part.
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This film has not exactly remained fresh in the minds of film buffs,and it's a crying shame. Its witty screenplay adaptation should havenetted Oscar nominations for the great screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond'sadaptation, and Ingrid Bergman's flawless performance. It must havebeen an honor for Goldie Hawn at such a young age to work with Bergman,looking more than a decade younger than her 54 years--fifty four! Whenshe's on the screen, it positively twinkles.<br><br>This is a film which may appear dated at first, but it actually made mewish I was around during the swingin' 'sixties. Hawn's fashions are astacky as Bergman's are chic. (That's one minor flaw--isn't hercharacter a little too soignée for a gal who still lives with hersister? But then again, would we have Ingrid any other way?) And whowouldn't want to hang out at a nightclub called The Slipped Disc?<br><br>The best compliments I can pay to this film is that it somehow made menostalgic for a decade that I never saw, and that it left me wantingmore. Speaking of wanting more, I wonder what ever became of sexysupporting actor Rick Lenz? (He resembles Griffin Dunne in this film.)This was his film debut, and I don't see any other major roles in hisfilmography. As for Goldie Hawn, she's done so much since then it'seasy to not be impressed, but I can't imagine any other actor in therole, either.<br><br>Since the movie is based on a play, the line delivery may seem a bitstage-y, but it did not inhibit my enjoyment at all. In fact, I amamazed at how funny it still is after over thirty-five years. Becausethis film represents a bygone era, it has unjustly slipped from theconsciousness of film buffs. It is more linked to the era films thatcame before it than the ones that followed. But don't let that stop youfrom savoring the delights it has to offer. Grade: A Read More
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Ingrid Bergman, playing dentist Walter Matthau's faithful receptionistwho harbors a little crush on her boss, is absolutely wonderful in thisfilm. She handles the witty repartee in the script with aplomb andsteals a terrific scene where she and Goldie Hawn talk in a recordbooth (Ingrid's monologue is a front, but her face tells you shebelieves in it with all her heart). Matthau is an odd choice for theleading man (he's too old for Goldie Hawn and too unrefined forBergman, not to mention too unfocused to be a dentist), but I liked theway he tries hard to please Goldie and stumbles around trying to freehimself from a lie. Hawn (who won a Supporting Oscar) is just as freshand bubbly as she is today. This bedroom farce isn't terriblysophisticated (and faintly reminds one of "Any Wednesday" besides), butit's a welcome relief from the noisy, teen-oriented comedies churnedout of present-day Hollywood. "Cactus Flower" is a lovely sigh! ***from **** Read More