Post by stefancrosscoe on Jan 12, 2018 14:28:55 GMT
"A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count."
George Webber (Dudley Moore) is a man who seems to have it all made. He is a successful musician, have a beautiful and loving girlfriend (Julie Andrews) and they live happily together in beautiful surroundings. However, just as his 42nd birthday is about to arrive, George happens to get a short glimpse of his dream woman (Bo Derek), whom he immediately rates as an perfect "11" out of 10, and before he knows what hit him, George is more than willing to jeopardize his steady "boring" everyday life and beloved ones in a desperate search of a way to conquer his latest crush.
I am always surprised at how low rated this film seems to be, or at least with only a meager 6,0 on IMDb to show for and I mean Bo Derek alone should be enough to put it one above to a 7,0, but still it is the hilarious, sweet and clever story along with great acting and one memorable scene after another which for me makes this out to be one of Dudley Moore's finest films.
Again, a Blake Edwards production, but obivously one that is one a whole other planet than his 1987 movie Blind Date.
It is one of the first comedies (for grown ups) that I ever saw and it sure left a huge impression on me, as I was 10 or 11 year old but when Bo Derek appeared I was feeling like I was 15-16 years old.
I can see why she became an imediate sex-bomb icon, I mean one only have to take a look at the legendary movie poster to notice that, however I guess this sudden stardom was not always a great thing as I really cannot remember seeing this lovely lady in any other films beyond that piece of turd that was Bolero (1984).
Ok, so there was nudity there, it kept me alive but the film was really terrible and I guess most people only remember the naked scenes not the acting or story, anyway then I remember she had a little role in Chris Farley's 1995 film Tommy Boy and nowdays she seems to be "happy" to do trash movies like Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015).
Dudley Moore is perfect here in the role of George Webber just as Julie Andrews is not that far behind as his more mature actress girlfriend Samantha Taylor.
While it seems most people rate Arthur as one of (if not) his finest hour, I would rate 10 as (well, not 11) but 8 or 9 and a far better film than any other I have seen of him, not that I have seen too many, but among the romantic comedies of the 70s and 80s, this one would be in my top 10 list, any day.
Also a little shout out to Henry Manfredini and his great and adventurous score: