This movie is magnificent!
It's hard to see any effort in the film. There's no comedy to speak of, no real drama and, worst of all.
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
Watching it is like watching the spectacle of a class clown at their best: you laugh at their jokes, instigate their defiance, and "ooooh" when they get in trouble.
"Lovesick" has a few witty lines, but just a few. And two top actor roles have just a little substance and fun in them. Alec Guinness as Sigmund Freud and John Huston as Dr. Larry Geller give the movie a shot with their performances. But the plot and its screenplay are so weak that nothing can save this film. Dudley Moore and Elizabeth McGovern are the pretty faces as the leads, but that's about the gist of the content we see when they are on screen together – a couple of dreamy pretty faces.Some reviewers think this is a funny film. But, too many minuses distract from what humor there is and what the plot might have become. This could have been a rollicking satire of the analysts' profession – the psychiatrists, psychologists and their minions. But, instead, it gives a little catalog of the types of people who flock to their analysts. Most of them don't need to be there but just need to get on with life. And, those scenes are interspersed with the daydreaming and carousing by the two leads.The screenplay writers should have taken the advice that Freud (Guinness) gives Dr. Saul Benjamin (Moore) – "Don't go there." Their affair is a wild stretch in the first place. Then it goes overboard when Saul and his wife, Katie (Anne Kerry), both of whom are in adulterous affairs, fess up to one another and are very chummy about it. I suspect that part wouldn't seem very funny at all to most people in the high number of marriages that were ending in divorce in the U.S. by the mid-1980s. Or of most such people yet today.This film just has too much dull and distasteful about it that the little bit of humor can't help enough to make it enjoyable.
I've watched this film at least once a year since it first came out on VHS (or was it Betamax?) It is hilarious. I can't think of a better cast for a comedy than we have here, all playing around the central Dudley Moore character. The jokes, both visual and verbal, are rich with irony and wit. ("What is this, egg salad?" is my personal favorite.) The love story is only a driver for a comedy mix of this wide array of bizarre characters: Dudley Moore, Alec Guinness, John Huston, David Stathairn, Wallace Shawn, Ron Silver and many more whose names you may not know but who's faces you'll recognize.I was quoting a line from the film the other day and got to talking about it with a friend. That led me to do a search on IMDb. The 4.3 rating makes no sense to me at all. It has my "personal 10", as it is a movie I can watch again any time. After all these years it is just as funny as it was 30 years ago.
I cannot believe that only two people have reviewed this movie. I would think that all Woody Allen fans would want to see a film written and directed by the co-writer of Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan. Also, I would think that there must be more Dudley Moore fans around. Moore made this when he was king of romantic comedies in the 1980's, with hits like "10" and "Arthur". He took the crown from George Segal, and was followed by Andrew McCarthy in the late 80's and John Cusack in the 1990's.I movie is a bit slow, or seems that way today, but that's because everybody has been hooked on television series like "Friends" and "30 Rock" where there has to be a laugh every 15 seconds. The laughs come, but they arrive at a leisurely pace of about one a minute.The movie makes fun of Freudian psychiatry, which has pretty much become a relic of the 20th century like walkmen and pong video games. Still, scenes like the one where Moore tries to tell Elizabeth McGovern that she has penis envy seem to work better today, when we all can agree that the theory is absurd.Incidentally, McGovern has possibly never looked so seduction and beautiful as she does in this movie.Many of the supporting cast members are good, including Larry Rivers, John Huston, Selma Diamond, Christine Baranski, and Alan King. Unfortunately, they all have small parts of just two or three short scenes.My favorite Dudley Moore rom-com is Mickey and Maude, but this one runs a close second. Go out and buy it or download it online and give it a try.
If you are looking for fantasy with a happy ending, this is it.The Beautiful Elizabeth Mcgovern and Dudley Moore make a interesting couple.She's ( 5'10')tall, he is short, She has a Mid-West accent and he has a English accent, He's calm and she has anxiety neurosis.They say opposites attract.There are some interesting " Freudian Slips " in the movie. Moore's fantasy about being in the late 19th Century, rowing her down the river, and both being attired appropriately ( she is stunning to say the least )is based on the painting in his office.During a Analytic session she puts him into her recollection of a book,because his first name ( Saul ) and the author's first name are the same.Finally, in the beginning of the flick, his friend,Otto goes to cut his cake and puts the knife through his name as the camera records.Otto has a heart attack and dies. It was nice seeing Manhattan of the early 80's.Especially Chloe and Saul walking arm in arm in Central Park Also the soundtrack ( especially the flute )is and very excellent and soothing.