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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last Married Couple In America (1980)

A happily married couple (George Segal, Natalie Wood) with three kids find themselves increasingly isolated as the marriages of their circle of friends begin to break up amid the sexual revolution. Is their marriage next? The premise of suburban couple seduced by the lure of "free love" and wife swapping as a comedy is ripe for exploitation but it was already done superbly in BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE (also with Wood) and this weak wannabe only shows what a good film that was. Directed by Gilbert Cates (I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER), the film is often in poor taste (maybe it's just me but I don't find giving your wife gonorrhea very funny) and tries to hard to be hip. Both Segal and Wood (looking terrific) work hard but it's uphill all the way. Proof positive that nothing dates faster than topicality. It's not until the film's last twenty minutes when a porn star (Dom DeLuise) throws a party at Segal's house and porn stars and suburbanites mix together that there's some genuine amusement, however mild. With Richard Benjamin, Valerie Harper, Bob Dishy, Priscilla Barnes, Arlene Golonka and Marilyn Sokol.

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