Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Guide for the Married Man

SHR and I watched this based on Hot Tub Eric's suggestion. Oh Hot Tub.

I think I liked this a bit more than SHR but I can't say that I loved it. It was entertaining at times but really slow at others To be honest though, it was always completely bizarre and fun to watch for the most part for its sheer strangeness. 1967 was a much different time.

Walter Matthau plays a married man who is convinced by his friend, Robert Morse, to cheat on his wife even though he really doesn't want to. Sure he likes sneaking a peak at the bouncing bosoms that parade through midtown every morning but he loves his wife. But he goes through the motions of learning all the right steps so he doesn't get caught - you know because only a man who doesn't care about his wife gets caught.

There are all sorts of "technical" advisors who pepper the short vignettes of assorted husband philandering tales. The advisors include the likes of Art Carney, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Jayne Mansfield, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, and Joey Bishop.

I can honestly say I've never seen another movie like this before. Matthau is great as usual so this movie has that going for it. But 90 minutes is long. This felt like a 22 minute Love American Style episode that was stretched to feature film length .

And yes, that Gene Kelly directed this.

Directed by Gene Kelly

1 comment:

Listmaker said...

Hot Tub Eric e-mailed me after reading my review:

"Sorry you didn’t fully appreciate Guide for the Married Man. I cant believe you didn’t mention how GREAT Robert Morse is! Or the soundtrack. Or the Joey Bishop ‘deny deny deny’ scene. So much good stuff. Not to mention all the lovely ladies. It’s also one of those painful reminders of how uptight this country has become. I was born 30 years too late."

yeah, he's right. i forgot to mention the great soundtrack including the turtles hit written specifically for the movie.

and yes, robert morse was great. sort of reminded us of a certain, now reformed, friend of ours.

i think i might have to re-watch this movie at buttermaker's lounge sometime in the future.