|IT'S MY TURN (director: Claudia Weill; screenwriter: Eleanor Bergstein; cinematographer: Bill Butler; editors: Byron Brandt/Marjorie Fowler/James Coblenz; music: Patrick Williams; cast: Jill Clayburgh (Kate Gunzinger), Michael Douglas (Ben Lewin), Charles Grodin (Homer), Beverly Garland (Emma), Steven Hill (Jacob), Daniel Stern (Cooperman), Teresa Baxter (Maryanne), John Gabriel (Hunter); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Martin Elfland; Sony Pictures Entertainment; 1980)|
|"At its best when achieving
by Dennis Schwartz
dramedy about the pitfalls of love directed by
Claudia Weill ("Once A Hero"/"Girlfriends"/"Face
of a Stranger"). It's at its best when achieving
screwball comedy. It's written by Eleanor Bergstein.
The performances are fine, but the story, dialogue and
camerawork are a bit strained.
(Jill Clayburgh) is a
stressed-out math whiz and professor from Chicago. Her
live-in boyfriend, Homer (Charles Grodin), is a
humorous building developer. On a trip to NYC for her
father's wedding reception and for a job interview,
Kate falls for Ben Lewin (Michael
Douglas) at the reception. Ben
happens to be the son of her father's new wife (Beverly
Garland). The hunk is a recently
retired professional ballplayer, who has some trouble
adjusting to civilian life. The story of how the
couple make a go of it has as much depth as your usual
soap opera. I might add there's no discernible
romantic chemistry between the two.
It tries to go women's lib, but is too uninteresting to get anywhere down that rabbit hole. But its mild comedy makes it both watchable and disposable entertainment.
REVIEWED ON 7/17/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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