Central premise of a secret romance between Michael Caine and the love-smitten daughter of his best friend (Joe Bologna) while the trio vacations together in torrid Rio may be adventurous comedy. Zany comedic conflict, however, is offputting, even at times nasty, in this essentially dead-ahead comedy that sacrifices charm and a light touch for too much realism.
Newcomer Michelle Johnson comes off as callow and disagreeably spoiled in key role of buxom daughter lusting after dad’s best buddy.
Caine and Bologna play colleagues in a Sao Paulo coffee company whose marriages are toppling – Bologna is getting a divorce and Caine’s wife (Valerie Harper) tells Caine while couple is packing for Rio that she’s splitting for Bahia in a separate vacation.
Director Stanley Donen gets sharp, comic performances from Caine and Bologna.