Instead of a comic knockout, this is more of a cream puff.
Instead of a comic knockout, this is more of a cream puff.Situation of a bankrupt perfume queen left with a sore-handed fighter as her only asset has comic potential, but producers Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters, and director Howard Zieff, pad the story unmercifully. Streisand is the garrulous yenta, after the passive and resistant Ryan O’Neal to resume his championship form and win her back the $60,000 she unknowingly wasted on him in her plush days. Zieff has chosen to emphasize sexual innuendo and result is a low-blow effort that evokes more titters than guffaws. Romantic aspects, which should be chief draw of Main Event, are also blunted, until a final seduction scene instigated by Streisand that gives the pic its only resonance.
The Main Event
Warner/First Artists/Barwood. Director Howard Zieff; Producer Jon Peters; Screenplay Gail Parent, Andrew Smith; Camera Mario Tosi; Editor Edward Warschika; Music Gary Le Mel; Art Director Charles Rosen
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 112 MIN.
Barbra Streisand Ryan O'Neal Paul Sand Patti D'Arbanville Rory Calhoun Ernie Hudson