Review: ‘Starting Over’

Starting Over takes on the subject of marital dissolution from a comic point of view, and succeeds admirably, wryly directed by Alan J. Pakula, and featuring an outstanding cast.

Starting Over takes on the subject of marital dissolution from a comic point of view, and succeeds admirably, wryly directed by Alan J. Pakula, and featuring an outstanding cast.

In fact, Starting Over [from the novel by Dan Wakefield] favorably evokes the screwball comedies of the 1930s and the heyday of American screen comedy.

Burt Reynolds plays a mild-mannered writer unwillingly foisted into a ‘liberated’ condition by spouse Candice Bergen, feeling her feminine oats as a songwriter. Fleeing to Boston and protection of relatives Charles Durning and Frances Sternhagen, he meets spinster schoolteacher Jill Clayburgh, and the off-and-on romance begins.

With unfailing comic timing Reynolds is the core of the film, and underplays marvellously.

1979: Nominations: Best Actress (Jill Clayburgh), Supp. Actress (Candice Bergen)

Starting Over

Production

Paramount/Brook. Director Alan J. Pakula; Producer Alan J. Pakula; Screenplay James L. Brooks; Camera Sven Nykvist; Editor Marion Rothman; Music Marvin Hamlisch; Art Director George Jenkins

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Burt Reynolds Jill Clayburgh Candice Bergen Charles Durning Frances Sternhagen Austin Pendleton
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