Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pete'n'Tillie (1972)

Pete (Matthau) and Tillie (Burnett) meet, dislike eachother, then they get married and try to survive as a couple through infidelity and personal tragedy.

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Supporting Actress: Geraldine Page
Best Adapted Screenplay

This generally-unseen movie was wrongfully promoted as a comedy. It really is a drama with some comedy touches due to a heavy sarcastic screenplay. There are moments of smart dialogue, but the final result doesn't rise as a whole from the pile of average dramedy movies.
The casting was a problem. Walter Matthau is way too old for the role and he looked more like Carol's father then her love interest. TV star Carol Burnett is right for the part, but there are scenes in which she really doesn't rise up to the challenge. She underplays a role which is quite juicy at times. And then there's Geraldine :D This is another of her wacky performances (and unexpected nominations) just like You're a Big Boy Now was. Even though it's always a pleasure to see her on-screen, THIS nomination is really silly and justified only by a big cat fight scene :P
My rating for the film: 5.5/10. A forgettable dramedy, saved a bit by a couple of smart lines.

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