Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comed y is a pleasant disappointment, pleasant because he gets all the laughs he goes for in a visually charming, sweetly paced picture, a disappointment because he doesn’t go for more.
The time is the turn of the century, the place a lovely old farmhouse in upstate New York. Here, Wall St stockbroker Allen spends his spare time inventing odd devices and trying to bed his own wife (Mary Steenburgen) who has turned cold.
Arriving for a visit # and also a wedding # are Steenburgen’s cousin Jose Ferrer, a stuffy, pedantic scholar, and his bride to be (Mia Farrow), a former near-nympho who’s decided to settle down with Ferrer’s intellect.
Also arriving are Allen’s best friend, who else but Tony Roberts, an amorous physician and his current short-term fling (Julie Hagerty), a nurse dedicated to the study of anatomy and all its possibilities.
With this daffy assortment and Allen’s gift for laugh-lines, the picture can’t avoid being fun, even at a rather leisurely pace in keeping with its times.