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40 Carats

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  • Apr 24, 2010
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While vacationing in Greece, a 40-year old woman (Liv Ullman) has a one-night fling with a 22-year old (Edward Albert). She returns home to New York and meets him again when - surprise! - he comes to date her teenage daughter.

I loved this movie when I first saw it in 1973; I was young and thought it was blissfully romantic. Watching the movie now with a more mature eye, I find it silly and off-putting. Ullman is stiff and bland and doesn't inspire lust in the slightest. Albert is sincere but sometimes creepy and pushy and there's no chemistry between them. His undying love for her seems juvenile and gee, what are the odds that he'd turn up a world away as her daughter's date? In an annoying subplot, Gene Kelly gives a hammy and embarrassing performance as Ullman's former husband.  And I found it disturbing that the 17-year old daughter is paired romantically with a 43-year old man and the family is thrilled for her. *shudder*

The movie, based on a Broadway play, looks and sounds very stagy with artificial, phony dialogue and there is a laughable go-go dancing scene that definitely dates the film. Not recommended.

 


 

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