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Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

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A 1973 movie
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Should have been better

  • Feb 20, 2013
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A lonely spinster (Maggie Smith) and an alienated teenager (Timothy Bottoms) meet in Spain, become friends, and then lovers.

This film is interesting mainly as a curiosity, with a 40-years-younger Maggie Smith playing a romantic lead and cavorting in jeans and sneakers. It's a low-budget movie, filmed on location in Spain, that never quite came together for me. I didn't particularly like or understand either Smith's character or that of Timothy Bottoms, who plays her much-younger suitor. They are both unsympathetic and distant and the writing isn't very good. The first half of the story moves at a snail's pace with little dialogue and even less action. Their awkward romance never rang true for me and didn't touch me emotionally.

Smith isn't as old as she's supposed to be and Bottoms looked older that he should, so they didn't create quite the odd couple they should have. The movie was neither a good comedy nor drama and I didn't care much for it.


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