Surrender is a ’50s sitcom dressed up in modern clothes. The issues are somewhat updated but the characters still think like Doris Day and Rock Hudson. As the confused lovers, Michael Caine and Sally Field are good for a couple of laughs along the way, but production runs out of steam early.
Caine is a casualty of too many marriages and too much success as a pop novelist. Field is a would-be artist who takes the easy way out in the form of a rich and indulgent but unchallenging boy friend (Steve Guttenberg).
Opening skirmish is love at first fight. But once they’ve coupled, the series of complications concocted by writer-director Jerry Belson can only lead to an inevitable happy ending. Things at least move fast and Belson does have an ear for modern courtship and the silly things people say to each other.
Although their acting styles don’t quite mesh and there isn’t a great deal of chemistry between them, both Caine and Field are strong enough presences to make them entertaining to observe.