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Carnal Knowledge

Comedy movie directed by Mike Nichols

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Just two guys with a problem

  • May 14, 2000
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Pros: an alright movie

Cons: .........

A film centered around the lives of two college roommates, spanning a twenty year era.

Starring Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margaret, Rita Moreno and Carol Kane.

Nicholson and Garfunkel are pretty much in competition most of their lives. Starting with a little interaction between the two of them and the breathtaking Bergen, who by the way Garfunkel ends up with. Nicholson, true to type, pretty much is the drifter, incapable of having an true emotional relationship; Garfunkel, less confident and more sensitive.

Flash forward 10 years, we find Garfunkel bored husband (Geez...with Bergen too! What did he want anyway?) And Nicholson, still stepping around the commitment doorway. Now involved with Ann-Margaret who he basically despises but stays with for the obvious reasons. Gosh, what does it take to make these guys happy?

Ten more years - the beleaguered duo meet up again now with Moreno and Kane in tow. A couple of middle-aged guys facing the enigma of the 60's. After becoming adults in the 40's they are faced with an eye opening new life style in the 60's.

Of course at the time of its' release this was considered quite a controversial film, even the title drew comments from some of those not as liberal minded as others. Now it would be viewed as
practically a comedy! Similar circumstances, 9-1/2 weeks, considered border line porn at one time and now shown on USA network (cut up to be sure, but there!) What a way the film kingdom and the American viewing public have come!

A break into the movies for Carol Kane, this little gig didn't hurt her a bit. Ann-Margaret, previously the fluff, sex-kitten type gives a good enough performance in this movie to move her into a different genre of films. Oddly enough, remembered more than anyone else for this movie, Candice Bergen had a smaller acting part than many of the others and Nicholson - Hell ... half the time I don't think he is even acting!


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November 05, 2010
I caught some of this on TV one night with Nicholson SCREAMING at Ann and even calling her the C word at one point. I found out what the movie was and saw it and I must say....I'm a guy and proud to be one, but I wasn't so sure while I watched this movie. Nicholson made me feel unclean.
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review by . February 05, 2005
A very captivating classic this Carnal Knowledge film. A young cocky Jack Nicolson playing opposite the more sensitive Art Garfunkel. Candace Bergen plays the love interest of Garfunkel and for a brief while Nicolosn as well. Some scenes illustrate the point that sensitivity and a gentle way will win the heart of a nice lady.    Ann Margaret's role is an interesting one as well. She certainly fits Nicolson's type to a tee. Then when they shack up together, Nicolson gets annoyed …
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Director: Mike Nichols
Screen Writer: Jules Feiffer
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Nelson Entertainment
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