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)