In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments – in this case the desperate search for personal identity in the dreary and self-defeating world of compulsive sex and dope. Diane Keaton’s performance as the good/bad girl is excellent.
Judith Rossner’s novel was the basis for Brooks’ fine screenplay about a girl who flees from a depressing home environment into the frantic world of singles bars and one-night physical gropings. The Jekyll-Hyde character caroms from sincere concern for teaching children to night-crawling of the seamiest sort.
At its best, the film, through Tuesday Weld’s great performance as Keaton’s sister who wanders from trend to trend, suggests dimly some alternatives.
1977: Nominations: Best Supp. Actress (Tuesday Weld), Cinematography