|PROMISE HER ANYTHING
(director: Arthur Hiller; screenwriter: William Peter
Blatty; cinematographer: Douglas Slocombe; editor: John
Shirley; music: Lyn Murray; cast: Leslie Caron (Michele
O'Brien), Warren Beatty (Harley Rummell),
Robert Cummings (Dr. Phillip Brock),
Keenan Wynn (Angelo Carelli), Lionel
Stander (Sam), Hermione Gingold (Mrs. Luce),
Michael Bradley (John Thomas), Mavis
Villiers (Brock's Mother); Runtime:
98; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Stanly Rubin; Warner
"Directed in an uninspiring way by Arthur Hiller."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
rom/com, that is dull, unbearable, lamely scripted and
directed in an uninspiring way by Arthur Hiller
("Author! Author!"/"Love Story"/"Plaza Suite"). The
script by William Peter Blatty is ridiculous
when it tries being charmingly bohemian, as it merely
shows how square it is. It banks on getting
its laughs from a precocious baby, and a sitcom setup
of seeking a partner by holding back info. Though set
in Greenwich Village, it's filmed in London.
The French woman formerly married to an American, the widow Michele O'Brien (Leslie Caron), moves in with her playful toddler John Thomas (Michael Bradley) to a Greenwich Village tenement and has her neighbor mail-order adult movie maker Harley Rummell (Warren Beatty), a wannabe art house film director, baby sit while she works at her job in a clinic as secretary for momma's boy psychologist, Dr. Phillip Brock (Robert Cummings). He's a leading authority on child behavior and considered the country's sixth most eligible bachelor, who lives comfortably with his acerbic mom (Mavis Villiers) in their luxury Manhattan apartment.
confesses to Harley that she took the job to snag Phil
as a husband and father for the toddler, and that
she'll marry him even if she doesn't love him and even
if she knows he doesn't like children. Meanwhile
Harley schemes to snag Michele for a girlfriend, and
pretends baby John Thomas is his kid to help Michele
from letting Phil find out it's her kid. I bet you can
guess who wins her heart in the end.
players include Keenan Wynn as a local pet
store owner backing the young filmmaker in the hopes
of striking it rich, Hermione Gingold as the
eccentric landlady and Lionel Stander as the
fun loving construction worker putting up a sign on
the roof while peeping into the sexy movie making in
Beatty's pad. The supporting cast tries, but their
dialogue is pitiful.
all meant as trite harmless fun, and to give real-life
lovers Beatty and Caron a chance to act together.
REVIEWED ON 8/29/2012 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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