Based on a Charles Webb novel, the Lorenzo Semple Jr adaptation features Richard Benjamin as a dull husband given to casual voyeurism, and Joanna Shimkus as his equally confused wife. The bittersweet emotional drama unfolds in parallel with some superb high and low comedy.
Benjamin and Shimkus have an all-too-true marital blandness, disrupted by his predilection for eyeing girls. The hang-up is nowhere near criminal; in fact it’s rather innocent. But Shimkus has had it, and packs off to Pasadena where barracuda sister Elizabeth Ashley, who already has emasculated hubby Adam West, begins stage-managing a divorce.
Semple’s script is well structured and the dialog is superb. The varying elements of farce and satire are neatly interwoven on the genuine marital tragedy in progress. No element overpowers another nor the overall feel. Lawrence Turman’s direction is incisive.