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The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man is a stillborn romantic comedy of staggering ineptitude. Author Neil Simon reportedly disowned this film. An awkward flashback structure tells of egotistical toothpaste heir Alec Baldwin falling in love with chanteuse Kim Basinger on an outing in 1948 with his buddies to Las Vegas.

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Kim Basinger Alec Baldwin Robert Loggia Elisabeth Shue Armand Assante Paul Reiser

The Marrying Man is a stillborn romantic comedy of staggering ineptitude. Author Neil Simon reportedly disowned this film. An awkward flashback structure tells of egotistical toothpaste heir Alec Baldwin falling in love with chanteuse Kim Basinger on an outing in 1948 with his buddies to Las Vegas.

Instead of marrying his beautiful g.f. back in LA (Elisabeth Shue), Baldwin is forced into a shotgun wedding with Basinger by Armand Assante as Bugsy Siegel, Basinger’s main man. Key plot point is that this is Bugsy’s ‘revenge’ for catching Baldwin in the sack with his g.f. Also unbelievable are the duo’s several breakups and remarriages.

Lack of chemistry between the two principals is only the first problem with Marrying Man. Obvious re-shoots result in an unwieldy package that has the film climaxing with perhaps 30 minutes to go, making it play like an original and a sequel spliced together.

The Marrying Man

Production: Hollywood/Silver Screen Partners IV. Director Jerry Rees; Producer David Permut; Screenplay Neil Simon; Camera Donald E. Thorin; Editor Michael Jablow; Music David Newman; Art Director William F. Matthews

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: Kim Basinger Alec Baldwin Robert Loggia Elisabeth Shue Armand Assante Paul Reiser

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