This adaptation of Philip Roth’s National Book Award-winning novella is sometimes a joy in striking a boisterous mood, and otherwise handling action.
Castwise the feature excels. Richard Benjamin as the boy, a librarian after serving in the army, and Ali MacGraw, making her screen bow as the daughter of wealthy and socially-conscious parents, offer fresh portrayals seasoned with rich humor. Their romance develops swiftly after their meeting at a country-club pool.
As girl’s hard-working father, Jack Klugman rates a big hand and there is a dramatic sequence between father and daughter at wedding of the son of the house which is both tender and memorable.
Several outstanding sequences, among them the gaiety of a Jewish wedding, and hilarious dinner-table action as Benjamin first meets the family.
1969: Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay